The One Book, One Community of Monroe County Committee will launch this spring’s community read selection – “The Vanishing Half” – by Brit Bennett on Nov. 23 via video.

The announcement will be made on the One Book, One Community of Monroe’s County's Facebook page at the following web address:


The information will also be published on its website: https://www.monroeccc.edu/one-book-one-community/2021.

“The Vanishing Half” is a story about twin sisters who live in an all-black community in the south in the 1950s.  After both girls run away from home, their lives take very different paths.  Each sister chooses different relationships and jobs and one even chooses a different racial identity.

One sister begins to pass for white and keeps her true identity secret.  While their paths seem to continue to diverge, a chance meeting between their daughters decades later shows that family can always be intertwined.

This book is New York Times Bestseller and a “Good Morning America” book club pick, The screen rights have been purchased by HBO. 

The 2021 program will run from March 15 to April 2, and author Brit Bennett will make Zoom presentation for the community on March 25.  More programs and events will be announced and listed on the OBOC of Monroe County website. 

Founding partners of OBOC of Monroe County include Monroe County Community College, The Foundation at MCCC, Monroe County Library System and the Monroe News.  The project is funded in part by the Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

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