Larsen, Nella (Book - 2003 )
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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. A chance encounter forces both women to confront the lies they have told others--and the secret fears they have buried within themselves. First published in 1929, Passing is a remarkably candid exploration of shifting racial and sexual boundaries.
Authors: Larsen, Nella
Title: Passing
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2003
Characteristics: xxxv, 122 p. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Nella Larsen ; edited and with an introduction and notes by Thadious M. Davis
Notes: Originally published in the U.S.A. by Alfred A. Knopf, 1929
ISBN: 9780142437278
Branch Call Number: FICTION LARSEN 2003
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: New York (N.Y.) Fiction Race relations Fiction Passing (Identity) Fiction African American women Fiction
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Race relations
Passing (Identity)
African American women
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Dec 13, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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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