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Passing - Nella Larsen, Ntozake Shange, Thadious M. Davis
Passing
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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... show more
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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780142437278 (0142437271)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 160
Edition language: English
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Dem
Dem rated it
4.0 Passing
Passing is a novel by American author Nella Larsen. Published in 1929 and set in 1920s Harlem, New York City. The plot centers on the meeting of two childhood friends of mixed-race African-American ancestry. Clare Kendry and Irene Redfiel are friends from old and a chance meeting sees them rekin...
Bloodorange
Bloodorange rated it
4.0 Passing
A short novel about a concept so alien today to the white, non-American community that it's absolutely worth reading for its subject matter. It is a tad poetic, but not too much so; abruptly ending, but providing, to my mind, a sufficient sense of closure; the dialogues are fine, the situations feel...
Merle
Merle rated it
3.5 Passing by Nella Larsen
This is a book about a blonde woman trying to hide the fact that she is Actually Black, while meanwhile trying to connect with her African-American heritage, and everyone around her (black and white) taking this situation completely seriously and trying to help her hide the fact that she is Totally ...
Merle
Merle rated it
4.0 Passing
This is a book about a blonde woman trying to hide the fact that she is Actually Black, while meanwhile trying to connect with her African-American heritage, and everyone around her (black and white) taking this situation completely seriously and trying to help her hide the fact that she is Totally ...
Overdue
Overdue rated it
5.0 Pass / Fail
This compact novel is as powerful, as unconventional and as good as Kate Chopin's best. Both Irene and Clare are Chicagoans light enough to pass. They grew up together, colored. It is the 20's and their worlds are changing, just not fast enough.Irene marries a successful, decidedly black, doctor. C...
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