Dear Great Book Guru, Every year I look forward to the Long Island Reads event our local libraries host, and I especially enjoy John Canning’s witty observations. Well… this year it was virtual and I missed it. However, I’m sure I can find a recording of it, but first - of course - I want to read the 2021 selection. Do you know what book was chosen this year? Lover of Long Island Reads
of Long Island Reads, Always a great event and this year’s selection THE
VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett made for a fascinating discussion! The story weaves in and out of time starting
in the 1950’s with the birth of identical twin girls, Stella and Desiree. When
the girls are eight years old, their father is brutally murdered in a horrific,
racially motivated attack in their small Southern hometown where skin color is
very, very important…the lighter the skin, the more attractive the person is
judged. Finding life there very
repressive, the girls run away when they turn sixteen. Stella decides to live
as a white woman and ultimately vanishes.
Over the decades, their racial identities dictate the outcome of many life
choices. They remain apart over the decades and it is only when their daughters
meet that Stella and Desiree acknowledge all that separates and binds them
together. An illuminating story of the
injustices that permeate American society - highly recommended!