‘The Vanishing Half’ with bestseller Brit Bennett!

Intense family drama of racial passing soon to be HBO series

January 30, 2021 at 7 pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting; 9 pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio; 3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Thursdays 6 pm (CT) University of Mississippi; Fridays 9 am (CT) WYXR Memphis Community Radio

This week on The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour we’re delighted to welcome bestselling author Brit Bennett. Her novel, The Vanishing Half, a mesmerizing story of twin sisters taking very different paths (one passes for white without telling her husband and children) debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and is in development as a series for HBO.

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers

Air times:

Saturday, Jan. 30– 7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

3pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Thursdays 6pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Fridays 9am (CT) WYXR Memphis Community Radio



Brit Bennett

Brit Bennett’s latest novel is The Vanishing Half. The book debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and is currently being developed as a series for HBO with Bennett as executive producer. The book follows twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white.

After growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past.

Brit Bennett offers an engrossing page-turner about family and relationships that is immersive and provocative, compassionate and wise.

Bennett’s previous novel, the New York Times–bestseller The Mothers, was a finalist for the NBCC John Leonard Prize for the best first book, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Award. It is being developed as a movie for Showtime with Kerry Washington.