Sara-Jayne King speaks to Brit Bennett about her recent novel, The Vanishing Half, a story about twins whose very different choices offer a lens through which to explore different racial realities in America.
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. 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 an instant #1 New York Times bestseller.
Sara-Jayne King is a South African journalist, radio presenter (Cape Talk) and now author, whose career spans more than a decade and has taken her across the globe in search of extraordinary people with remarkable stories. The result of an illegal affair between a white British woman and black South African man during apartheid, King’s own story as a transracial adoptee, moved out of South Africa to England in the early eighties, forms the basis for her debut book, a memoir, Killing Karoline.
She is passionate about issues relating to identity, race, adoption, mental health and addiction.