Passing by Thadious M. Davis & Nella Larsen
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Nella Larsen's remarkably candid exploration of shifting racial and sexual boundaries
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. First published in 1929, . This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by Larsen biographer Thadious M. Davis.
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About Thadious M. Davis & Nella Larsen

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Carla Kaplan is the Davis Distinguished Professor of American Literature at Northeastern University. She is the author of The Erotics of Talk: Women's Writing and Feminist Paradigms, Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters, and Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance (forthcoming). She is also editor of Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk Tales from the Gulf States and Dark Symphony and Other Works by Elizabeth Laura Adams.
Published February 4, 2003 by Penguin Classics. 160 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Romance, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Law & Philosophy, Education & Reference, History. Non-fiction

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