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First published in 1929, Passing is a remarkable exploration of the shifting racial and sexual boundaries in America. Larsen, a premier writer of the Harlem Renaissance, captures the rewards and dangers faced by two negro women who pass for white in a deeply segregated world.

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  • “A work so fine, sensitive, and distinguished that it rises above race categories and becomes that rare object, a good novel.”

    Saturday Review of Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Emily | 10/24/2011

    " A fascinating and dense read that interrogates not only what it means to be "black" or "white", but also asks questions of womanhood, motherhood and desire. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by camden | 10/19/2011

    " Right before I started this book, I was sitting in the library and this lady came up to me and asked me what I was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stephanie | 9/20/2011

    " Powerful and had me on the edge of my seat until the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Anne | 9/8/2011

    " I loved this novella. Nella Larsen introduces us to the world of passing off as a white person during the Harlem Renaissance. The twists and turns keep the reader hooked. It is a wonderful book to use in the classroom (older students). "

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About the Author
Author Nella Larsen

Nella Larsen (1891–1964) was the author of two novels and several short stories. She received a Guggenheim fellowship to write a third novel in 1930 but, unable to find a publisher for it, she disappeared from the literary scene and worked as a nurse.