HBO has emerged victorious among an auction of seventeen bidders vying for the film and television rights to Brit Bennett’s bestselling novel, The Vanishing Half. HBO will pay a seven-figure sum for the rights to the novel and Bennett herself will be developing it into a limited series. This astronomical deal, though unusual, is welcome as it is quite rare for literary fictions works by young authors to be acquired for such a large sum of money.
The Vanishing Half, currently fourth on the New York Times Fiction Best Sellers List, tells the story of identical twins, Desiree and Stella Vignes, who run away at age sixteen after growing up in a small, southern, Black community. Ten years later, one of the Vignes sisters lives in the same town she once tried to escape with her Black daughter, while the other sister passes as white and tries to hide her identity and past.
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This is Brit Bennett’s second novel, which was published on June 2, 2020 by Penguin Random House. The novel hit the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list, now in the fourth spot, and has been listed as a Good Morning America Book Club pick.
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