Author(s): Nella Larsen


A classic, brilliant and layered novel that has been at the heart of racial identity discourse in America for almost a century.Clare Kendry leads a dangerous life. Fair, elegant, and ambitious, she is married to a white man unaware of her African American heritage and has severed all ties to her past. Clare's childhood friend, Irene Redfield, just as light-skinned, has chosen to remain within the African American community, but refuses to acknowledge the racism that continues to constrict 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.


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Nella Larsen was a black American novelist and a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Her two novels, Quicksand (1928) and Passing (1929), were brief, but to this day are at the heart of up-to-the-minute debates over racial and sexual identity. From these two books alone, she is regarded as one of the most important black female novelists in American history.

General Fields

  • : 9780142437278
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Classics
  • : 0.124738
  • : February 2003
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Nella Larsen
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : FIC
  • : 320