Behind the Mic: On The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, Read by Shayna Small
Jo Reed and Emily Connelly Discuss the Bestseller From the Author of The Mothers
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On today’s episode, host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss an audiobook that would be ideal for your next book group or for any listener seeking out a rich listen, Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half. Shayna Small’s narration brings the twins Stella and Desiree Vignes to life, and she creates lively and distinct voices for the entire cast. As we trace their lives, we meet their daughters and discover the impact of their choices on who their daughters become. It’s a story about searching for identity and becoming someone new centered around race, colorism, socioeconomics, and family.
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