Brit Bennett

Longlist, 2020 National Book Awards
Honoree, 2016 5 Under 35

Brit Bennett was born and raised in Southern California, 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. In 2014, she received the Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers.
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The Vanishing Half

ISBN 9780525536291 Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. More about this book >

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The Mothers

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ISBN 9780399184512 Riverhead / Penguin Random House

“All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we’d taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unripe secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season.” More about this book >

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    Selected by Caren B. Stelson author photoCaren B. Stelson >

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Brit Bennett reads from The Mothers, 2016 5 Under 35 Celebration


5 Under 35 Celebration, 2016, Author Panel Discussion

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Brit Bennett

Brit Bennett was born and raised in Southern California, 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. In 2014, she received the 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 a #1 New York Times bestseller and Longlisted for the National Book Award. Her essays have been featured in The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel.

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