Brit Bennett in front of THE MOTHERS and THE VANISHING HALF
Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half is Now on Audio

In May, Brit Bennett’s The Mothers was our #VolumesBookClub pick, and now we’re celebrating the publication of Brit’s second novel, The Vanishing Half—now a #1 New York Times Bestseller—on audio.

The Vanishing Half has been named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by O, the Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, Harper’s Bazaar, Buzzfeed, Vogue, and New York Magazine, and has been selected as the next Good Morning America Book Club pick.

Author: Brit Bennett
Read By: Shayna Small

Narrated by Shayna Small. The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it’s everything. One sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters’ storylines intersect?

AUDIBLE INTERVIEW: Brit Bennett’s ‘The Vanishing Half’ Tackles Race, Colorism, and Identity

“Bennett’s gorgeously written second novel, an ambitious meditation on race and identity, considers the divergent fates of twin sisters, born in the Jim Crow South, after one decides to pass for white. Bennett balances the literary demands of dynamic characterization with the historical and social realities of her subject matter.”
The New York Times

Listen to a clip from Brit’s first novel, The Mothers, read by Adenrele Ojo

Author: Brit Bennett
Read By: Adenrele Ojo

“Brit Bennett’s absorbing debut novel, set in Southern California’s black community, gets a sensitive narration by Adenrele Ojo. . .Ojo’s voice is smooth as honey and prickly as thistles when portraying the gossipy mothers who relentlessly poke at the secret until nothing remains hidden.”
AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

“[A] striking debut. . .America needs more books like The Mothers, which quietly, but critically, deepens our appreciation of the black experience, and expands our collective understanding of what it means now to be growing up and grasping for direction and affection.”
O Magazine

The Mothers is a New York Times bestseller, a finalist for the NBCC John Leonard First Novel Prize, a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and named a Best Book of 2016 by NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, and others.