Passing

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Nella Larsen's distinctive and revealing novel about racial identity set in New York in 1929. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga and Alexander Skarsgard. Irene Redfield, married to a successful physician, enjoys a comfortable life in Harlem, New York. Reluctantly, she renews her friendship with old school friend, Clare Kendry. Clare, who like Irene is light skinned, 'passes' as white and is married to a racist white man who has no idea about Clare's racial heritage. Even though Irene ...

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The Pageturner

Apr 9, 2007

1929 Book Still Sends Chills

Nella Larsen truly caught the entire aspect of passing. I read this book a few years ago and even though there was a significant time gap between the publication and my reading it. Through dialogue and non-verbal actions, this book really takes the reader into the moment and the ending, O! the ending leaves one asking, "What REALLY happened?" It should be recommended when studying on the affect of colorism within the Black race.

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