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Title:
Passing (MP3)
Written by:
Nella Larsen 
Read by:
Tessa Thompson 
Format:
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
3 hours 37 minutes 
MP3 size:
158 MB 
Published:
August 01 2021 
Available Date:
August 01 2021 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781867551218 
Genres:
Fiction; American Fiction; Classic Fiction; Psychological Fiction 
Publisher:
Bolinda/Audible audio 
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Passing is a remarkable exploration of the shifting racial and sexual boundaries in 1920s New York, and still carries relevance today as a modern classic.

Clare Kendry is living on the edge. Light-skinned, elegant, and ambitious, she is married to a racist white man unaware of her African American heritage, and has severed all ties to her past after deciding to 'pass' as a white woman. Clare's childhood friend, Irene Redfield, just as light-skinned, has chosen to remain within the African American community, and is simultaneously allured and repelled by Clare's risky decision to engage in racial masquerade for personal and societal gain. After frequenting African American-centric gatherings together in Harlem, Clare's interest in Irene turns into a homoerotic longing for Irene's black identity that she abandoned and can never embrace again, and she is forced to grapple with her decision to pass for white in a way that is both tragic and telling.

'A fascinating inquiry into the nature of race (and a window into the Harlem Renaissance) catalyzed by a chance meeting between two childhood friends. A page-turning classic.'
Jennifer Egan

'... Passing is the work of a highly talented and thoughtful writer.'
Richard Bernstein, The New York Times

'A short, easy, engaging read ... as much as it is a revealing cultural study of the 1920s, is also incredibly relevant today.'
Lexi Nisita, Refinery 29