|Passing (1928) [Novel]|
by Nella Larsen
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The beautiful, elegant, and ambitious Clare Kendry leads a dangerous life. A light–skinned African American married to a white man unaware of her racial heritage, Clare has severed all ties to her past to become part of white, middle–class society. Clare's childhood friend, Irene Redfield, as light–skinned as Clare, has chosen to remain within the African–American community. Married to a successful doctor and the mother of two boys, Irene refuses to acknowledge the racism she grew up with and that continues to set limits on her family's happiness. A chance encounter forces both women to confront the lies they have told others and the secret fears they have buried within themselves.
Original title: Passing
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Black (african-american)