Passing

Passing

Book - 2018
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Clare Kendry leads a dangerous life. Fair, elegant, and ambitious, she is married to a white man unaware of her African American heritage, and has severed all ties to her past. Clare's childhood friend, Irene Redfield, just as light-skinned, has chosen to remain within the African American community, but refuses to acknowledge the racism that continues to constrict her family's happiness.
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2018
Copyright Date: ©1929
ISBN: 9780142437278
0142437271
Branch Call Number: F LARSE-N
Characteristics: xxvi, 128 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Bernard, Emily 1967-

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SusyHendrix
Sep 13, 2019

Heartbreaking story, but well-told and featuring memorable characters. It's a quick read, but perfectly paced. I heard they're making a movie of it. Here's hoping it does this gem of a novella justice.

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uncommonreader
Aug 01, 2019

Harlem Renaissance writer. This novel is about two light-skinned childhood friends; one chooses to pass and marry a rich man, one chooses to stay in her community and live a middle-class life. It is a book about race and class. Very good.

ArapahoeKati Jun 24, 2019

What if you could pass as white? That's the question in Nella Larsen's 1929 novel, which also has one of the most ambiguous endings in literary fiction. A classic, and true to the time period in which it was written.

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jnewday
Feb 24, 2019

Beautifully written. How one person can live in two worlds. When racial identity often imprisons and limits, forcing the normal human spirit into a cage constructed of repressive restrictions.

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MaryJoSchifsky
Jul 27, 2018

Recc by Goodreads Jul 2018

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advega718
Sep 14, 2015

Definitely an important and complicated novella of the Harlem Renaissance. Psychologically charged and dark.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 13, 2013

An important novel of the Harlem Renaissance. Also see the book and film "Imitation of Life," which explores a similar subject (a light-skinned black character "passing" as white).

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