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  • Loved it

    Great story loved the narration .....,,,..............

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    So much packed into this book, but you never want to stop reading! Quality writing, thoroughly enjoyed it, 5 Stars!

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    What a fantastic story. Gripping and engaging. The turns in the story were great.

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  • The Vanishing Half: Audiobook Review

    Audiobook Review: The Vanishing Half is a moving and emotional novel. In the beginning, identical twins Deseree and Stella are 'in it' together when they decide to run away from home to New Orleans in search of new lives and adventure. Eventually the twins split up in New Orleans. They each go on to live separate lives and completely lose contact with one another. During their time apart they each marry and have children with very different men. Stella marries into a white family and chooses to spend the rest of her life passing for white (which was easily done due to her light complexion). From the time that Stella gets married, she makes a conscious choice to live a life disassociating with her race and her past, to the extent that her own husband and daughter (Kennedy) are oblivious to her true roots as a black woman. Deseree however marries into her own race with a dark man. Although eventually divorcing, Deseree stays true to herself and her roots as a black woman. Following her broken marriage, Deeree returns back home to Mallard where she spends the rest of her life. There in Mallard she lives with and cares for her aging Mother, and also raises her young daughter (Jude). The book eventually collides and becomes especially powerful when Jude and Kennedy grow up and accidentally meet, realizing their mother's are identical twins. This is the turning point in the novel, where things become interesting. It is intriguing to compare the differing attitudes and behaviors of the two girls, Jude and Kennedy. Kennedy is depicted as an almost lost character. She has potential for success, but struggles to reach her full potential. Jude on the other hand is a solid and intelligent individual, who knows what she wants from life, and ultimately lands herself in a long-term relationship with her boyfriend and also a place in medical school. When you think about the differences between Kennedy and Jude, a few questions come to mind: 1) Maybe Kennedy is lost in life because she doesn't know her real self? Due to Stella's dishonesty, Kennedy is literally missing out on a significant piece of her heritage, having no idea that her Mother is black. She grows up with a side of her that's totally undiscovered. 2) Maybe Jude's success in life comes down to her true and honest upbringing. Deeree doesn't hide her roots, which provides Jude with an authentic and stable upbringing. This gives Jude the opportunity to live a fuller life, whereby she can live more freely than Kennedy. Overall, this is a powerful novel which gives the reader a lot to think about.

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