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Passing

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A classic, brilliant and layered novel that has been at the heart of racial identity discourse in America for almost a century.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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 20.32mm | 68.04g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0142437271
  • 9780142437278
  • 2,844

Review quote

"It is a tragic story rooted in inescapable facts of American life: that whiteness conferred an almost universal unearned advantage, and that loyalty to a black racial identity was not only an act of pride but also one of courage." - The New York Times "A work so fine, sensitive, and distinguished that it rises above race categories and becomes that rare object, a good novel." --Saturday Review of Literature A work so fine, sensitive, and distinguished that it rises above race categories and becomes that rare object, a good novel. Saturday Review of Literature"
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About Nella Larsen

Nella Larsen was a black American novelist and a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Her two novels, Quicksand (1928) and Passing (1929), were brief, but to this day are at the heart of up-to-the-minute debates over racial and sexual identity. From these two books alone, she is regarded as one of the most important black female novelists in American history.
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Table of contents

Introduction

Suggestions for Further Reading

A Note on the Text 

Part One: Encounter 
Part Two: Re-Encounter 
Part Three: Finale

Explanatory Notes
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Review Text

"It is a tragic story rooted in inescapable facts of American life: that whiteness conferred an almost universal unearned advantage, and that loyalty to a black racial identity was not only an act of pride but also one of courage."
- The New York Times
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Rating details

13,347 ratings
3.81 out of 5 stars
5 24% (3,155)
4 42% (5,576)
3 28% (3,713)
2 6% (743)
1 1% (160)
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