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"...she's intelligent enough in a purely feminine way. Eighteenth-century France would have been a marvellous setting for her, or the old South if she hadn't made the mistake of being born a Negro." Mirroring Wallace Thurman's The Blacker the Berry: A Novel of Negro Life, Passing (1929) is the phenomenal sophomore novel of Nella Larsen.
On an ordinary day, Irene Redfield receives an unexpected letter from her old friend, Clare Kendry. Clare, having long ago crossed the color line, writes to Irene about the loneliness she feels in her new white life and asks to see her again. Conflicted about the request, yet curious all the same, Irene accepts the invitation and the two go out to lunch. The encounter, while innocent in its intent, forces Clare to face the reality of her decision to pass and leaves Irene to question the Black life she chose to lead.
Professionally typeset with a beautifully designed cover, this edition of Passing is an outstanding reimagining of a Harlem Renaissance staple for the modern reader.