Passing

Nella Larsen

3.86 based on 20072 ratings & 1613 reviews on Goodreads.com
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25 June 2020
9781529040289
160 pages
Synopsis

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 Skarsgård.

Part of the Macmillan Collector’s Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition of Passing features an introduction by writer and academic, Christa Holm Vogelius.

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 knows that reigniting her friendship with Clare will lead to trouble, she can’t resist allowing Irene into her world. Irene in turn wants to rekindle her bonds with the African American community of her youth. As tensions mount between friends and between couples, this taut and mesmerizing narrative spins towards an unexpected end.

A tragic story rooted in inescapable facts of American life . . . Passing is the work of a highly talented and thoughtful writer

Richard Bernstein - The New York Times

A short, easy, engaging read . . . as much as it is a revealing cultural study of the 1920s, is also incredibly relevant today.

Lexi Nisita - Refinery 29