Brit Bennett

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Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the 2014 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. She is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, and her debut novel The Mothers was a New York Times bestseller. Her second novel The Vanishing Half was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Her essays have been featured in The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel.

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The Vanishing Half

4.26 avg rating — 320,016 ratings — published 2020 — 56 editions
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The Mothers

3.88 avg rating — 78,026 ratings — published 2016 — 42 editions
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Butterball

3.56 avg rating — 105 ratings — published 2014
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Je ne sais pas quoi faire d...

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The Vanishing Half

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“Her death hit in waves. Not a flood, but water lapping steadily at her ankles. You could drown in two inches of water. Maybe grief was the same.”
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“She hadn't realized how long it takes to become somebody else, or how lonely it can be living in a world not meant for you.”
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“People thought that being one of a kind made you special. No, it just made you lonely. What was special was belonging with someone else.”
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