I am so excited to share this month’s Bad on Paper book club pick! (If you are newer here, Bad on Paper is the podcast I host with my friend Becca.)
This month’s book selection is The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett. This is one of the best books I’ve read all year. We put it to a vote in the Bad on Paper facebook group and this was the winner, far and away. This is another story of sisters, though completely different from Clap When You Land (this month’s pick).
The Vanishing Half
Set in the fifties in Jim Crow-era Louisiana, sisters Desiree and Stella are inseparable. At age 16, they flea their small town to head to New Orleans. But from that point forward, their paths ultimately diverge with the sisters going on to lead completely different, separate lives. Desiree marries a Black man and has a daughter darker than she is. 10 years later, she finds herself back home in that same small town. Meanwhile, her sister Stella realizes she can pass for white and goes on to lead an entirely different life (keeping her past completely secret from her husband and daughter). The book follows the sisters from the 1950’s into the 1990’s (when their daughters’ lives miraculously intersect).
Lastly on the books front, check out my recently updated book Book Club page – it’s the perfect way to find your next book. I’ve recently added a filter for my favorite books by Black authors. Everything I’ve read in the past 5-6 years is there, and you can sort by grade AND genre. I’m really proud of it… along with the beauty hub I think it’s my favorite part of the site!
photography by Allie Provost.