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Nella Larsen


&quote;Absolutely absorbing, fascinating, and indispensable.--Alice Walker&quote;A work so fine, sensitive, and distinguished that it rises above race categories and becomes that rare object, a good novel.&quote;--The Saturday Review of LiteratureMarried to a successful physician and prominently ensconced in Harlem's vibrant society of the 1920s, Irene Redfield leads a charmed existence-until she is shaken out of it by a chance encounter with a childhood friend who has been &quote;passing for white.&quote; An important figure in the Harlem Renaissance, Nella Larsen was the first African-American woman to be awarded a Guggenheim fellowship. Her fictional portraits of women seeking their identities through a fog of racial confusion were informed by her own Danish-West Indian parentage, and Passing offers fascinating psychological insights into issues of race and gender.
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  • Soliloquios Literariosshared an impression4 years ago
    👍Worth reading


  • Tony Xuhas quotedlast year
    Certainly that was the word which best described Clare Kendry, if any single word could describe her. Sometimes she was hard and apparently without feeling at all; sometimes she was affectionate and rashly impulsive. And there was about her an amazing soft malice, hidden well away until provoked.
  • Natali Klimenkohas quoted2 years ago
    Strange that she couldn’t now be sure that she had ever truly known love. Not even for Brian. He was her husband and the father of her sons. But was he anything more? Had she ever wanted or tried for more? In that hour she thought not.
  • Natali Klimenkohas quoted2 years ago
    Because somebody called Junior a dirty nigger
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