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THE VANISHING HALF,
BY BRIT BENNETT
SELECTED BY BROOKE STRACHAN
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. What will happen to the
next generation, when their own daughters'
Erdrich pays poignant homage to her
grandfather in this sweeping novel about
Native American dispossession in the 1950s.
Like her grandfather, our titular hero is a
humble night watchman, also the tribal
chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of
Chippewa in North Dakota. Initially an
uneventful post, Thomas Wazhashk’s life is
upended when he learns that the U.S.
government has earmarked them for
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THE NIGHT WATCHMAN,
BY LOUISE ERDRICH
SELECTED BY CHRISTINE SMITH