Date(s) - 12/11/2021
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
SECOND SATURDAY BOOK GROUP
2021-2022 Theme: Transitioning…….
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Selection: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
First published: 2020 Meeting Place: TBD
Leader: Dorie Maxwell — email@example.com or 561-301-4204.
If you haven’t recently received emails from me about our book group activities and wish to receive a Zoom invitation for this discussion, please contact me. – Dorie
What racial identity would you give Barak Obama? Kamala Harris? How about Meghan Markle? When the 2020 census was released last August, it affirmed that the United States has become more racially and ethnically diverse that ever before. While some people are feeling threatened by this increase of our multiracial population, most of us are gradually adjusting to this change— we are transitioning. But that is certainly a change from much of our country’s history.
Brit Bennett’s novel This Vanishing Half is set in the 1950s and 1960s. It begins in the little town of Mallard, Louisiana, a community established exclusively for black residents with light skin. When twins Stella and Desiree Vignes, descendants of the founder of this unique town, were teenagers, they ran away to New Orleans. Stella soon discovers that she can pass as white, and so begins the fracture that will forever separate the twins. This story explores the challenges that follow these sisters and their daughters because of the cultural traditions around them.
Members and friends are welcome to join our discussion— whether you’ve finished the book or not. After the discussion on Zoom, those who wish to meet at Brio’s in the Gardens Mall for a holiday lunch and fellowship are welcome.
Want to plan ahead for next month? On January 8—the next second Saturday— we’ll discuss A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley, fiction winner of the1991 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 1992 Pulitzer Prize. We’ll see what transitions this white Iowa farm family experiences in the 1970s.
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