Brit Bennett and the black women writers taking publishing by storm

PHOTOS: COURTESY OF MIRANDA BARNES, RIVERHEAD BOOKS

SINGAPORE - American author Brit Bennett's mother once told her a story about a town where the black inhabitants were so colour-obsessed that they would intermarry such that their children would turn out as light-skinned as possible.

The town, which may or may not exist, took on mythological proportions in Bennett's mind. It became the setting of her novel The Vanishing Half.

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