Nella Larsen


First published to critical acclaim in 1929, Passing is a remarkable exploration of the shifting racial and sexual boundaries in 1920s New York, and still carries relevance today as a modern classic. Irene Redfield is a woman with an enviable life. She and her successful husband Brian share a comfortable Harlem town house with their sons. But everything changes on the day she encounters a long-lost childhood friend. Clare Kendry- light-skinned, charming and beautiful- tells Irene how she left behind the black neighbourhood of her adolescence and began passing for white, hiding her true identity from everyone, including her racist husband…
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W. F. Howes


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