This Year’s Book!

The 2021 LONG ISLAND READS pick is…

The Vanishing Half

by Brit Bennett

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 The Long Island Reads Committee is pleased

to announce the selection of 

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett!

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Identical twin sisters grow up together in small-town Louisiana before choosing very different lives. Years later, one sister lives with her Black daughter in the same town, while the other secretly passes for white. Even separated by many miles and many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation when their own daughter’s lives intersect?

Why The Vanishing Half?

~ Brit Bennett teaches in the Creative Writing and Literature Program at Stony Brook University/Southampton. A bold and skillful storyteller, Brit graduated from Stanford University and earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan.

The Vanishing Half was an instant NYT bestseller, received starred reviews in Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus, and was chosen as a Good Morning America Book Club pick. The New York Times noted, “Bennett creates a striking portrait of racial identity in America.”

The Vanishing Half features a multi-stranded narrative which swoops from the late 1950s to 1988 and back, tracking the radically different lives of the Vignes twins and navigating difficult truths with clarity and grace.

The Vanishing Half will appeal to readers of all ages who will be transported by this riveting novel which explores the complications of family, race, and the ties that bind.

The Vanishing Half is available in hardcover, book on CD, Playaway audiobook, large print, and downloadable ebook and audio formats.

~ Learn more about The Vanishing Half and reserve your copy now:

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About the Author

~ Long Island Reads will honor Brit at an award ceremony on Sunday, April 11, 2021.

Reader and Book Discussion Guide

Programming Guide

11×17 Poster

Bookmarks (when printing, flip on short edge)

In addition to programs offered through your home library, the Long Island Reads-associated Zoom programs below are open to all.

Separate Even in Death: Black Funerals and Cemeteries, Presented by Genealogist Dr. Janice Lovelace. Tuesday, February 9 at 7 PM. Click here to register.

Bridging the Gap: Talking About Race, Facilitated by Nanette D. Massey. Thursday, March 11 at 2 PM. Click here to register.

Wild Child to Couture Style, Presented by Shailah Edmonds. Thursday, March 18 at 7 PM. Click here to register.

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s, Presented by Alzheimer’s Association, Long Island. Tuesday, April 6 at 6:30 PM. Click here to register.

Spanish language version: Wednesday, April 7 at 6:30 PM. Click here to register.

Reshaping Unconscious Bias, Presented by Dr. Penny Stern. Tuesday, April 20 at 7 PM. Click here to register.

Why They Sang the Blues: Civil Rights in the Mississippi Delta, Presented by Leon Burnette. Tuesday, May 11 at 7 PM. Click here to register.


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