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Passing, by Nella Larsen

Passing, by Nella Larsen

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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. Clare is very persuasive and Irene, despite misgivings, can’t resist letting her back into her world. As tensions mount between friends and between couples, this taut and mesmerizing narrative spins towards an unexpected end.

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I have not read many books from this era and this is an oversight that needs correction. I was not aware of Larsen previously and can only imagine how many others await my discovery. This is a powerful selection with no easy answers

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