There I was going through Good Reads on a hunt for something really good to read. I didn’t want just another book, I wanted to get completely lost in another world. After going through 15 books, reading reviews – I made my decision. I would be getting The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett.
I have read many books by African authors and gone through the African classics but I had never read a novel by an African American author. I have countless books by White authors but my shelf and mind hadn’t experienced a book by an African American author.
I set out with the intention of reading more books written by African American authors and went on a wild search on the internet. The Black Lives Matter movement has been such a wake-up call for me. Support isn’t just in a one time effortless post on the socials. Support is tangible, it is felt.
The Vanishing Half is impeccable! I couldn’t find a single fault with this book. It is perfectly written and I cannot wait for the limited series. Although we should all prepare to be disappointed because TV has failed us so many times. I couldn’t bring myself to appreciate Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu because I honestly thought the series was terrible. That book is beautifully written and TV messed it up.
I don’t want to give much away but this review from Good Reads best explains how I feel about The Vanishing Half.
“I’m not sure I have words for how excellent this book turned out to be, but terms such as “breathtaking, poignant, and ultimately hopeful” come to mind. I was constantly reminded of the golden oldie movie Imitation of Life(1959) in regards to the discussions surround race, class, and gender, while also featuring a plot thread where a light skinned Black teenager is living her life passing as white. If you are wary of the hype, like I typically am, please know this is one instance where the substantial amount of praise is fully warranted, and I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a story that is equal parts educational and entertaining.” Chelsea Humphrey
Are you a book lover, or trying to get into the habit of leisure reading, do yourself a favor and pick up The Vanishing Half.
Thank me later.
Also available at The Good Library, Kampala.
The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennett
Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng