Writers Who Read #32

6 June 2021

The Vanishing Half
by Brit Bennett

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The Vanishing Half - Brit Bennett

  • Marketing: Black & African American Literary Fiction, Historical Literary Fiction, Coming of Age Fiction
  • Genre: Realistic Recent-Past Archplot Long-Form
  • Word count: 101,533; avg. wds/sent.: 11.9
  • Print Pages: 350
  • Reading Level: 6-7th Grade; Lexical Density: 48.24

  • POV:

  • Publish date: June 2, 2020
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Sold By: Penguin Random House
  • Audio book narr.: Shayna Small (11 hrs, 34 mins)

  • A Best Book of 2020: NY Times, Washington Post, People, Time, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Barack Obama
  • A NY Times bestseller--still after 12 months!
  • About the Author       

  • 30 years old, Stanford grad, Michigan U. MFA
  • First novel, The Mothers, a bestseller
  • - Optioned for movie, Bennett wrote screenplay

  • Vanishing Half took 4-5 years to write
  • - June 2020: 17-way bidding war, won by HBO ($1M+)
  • - To be made into a mini-series

  • Bennett's essays have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel

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January 2: Klara and the Sun - Kazuo Ishiguro (England, 2021)




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