Catalog

Up to 10 holds can now be placed on titles system-wide. See owwl.org for further details.

Record Details

Catalog Search


9780307431585

Passing

Image of item
E-book
Available as a download from OWWL2go with a valid OWWL borrower card.
SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Two women in 1920s New York discover how fluid and dangerous our perceptions of race can be in this electrifying classic of the Harlem Renaissance—w ith an introduction by Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman , finalist for the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Irene Redfield is living an affluent, enviable life with her husband and children in the thriving African American enclave of Harlem in the 1920s. That is, until she runs into her childhood friend, Clare Kendry. Since they last saw each other, Clare, who is similarly light-skinned, has been "passing" for a white woman, married to a racist man who does not know about his wife's real identity, which she has chosen to hide from the rest of the world. Irene is both fascinated and repulsed by Clare's dangerous secret, and in turn, Clare yearns for Irene's sense of ease and security with her Black identity and community, which Clare gave up in pursuit of a more advantageous life, and which she can never embrace again. As the two women grow close, Clare begins to insert herself and her deception into every part of Irene's stable existence, and their complex reunion sets off a chain of events that dynamically alters both women forever. In this psychologically gripping and chilling novel, Nella Larsen explores the blurriness of race, sacrifice, alienation, and desire that defined her own experience as a woman of mixed race, issues that still powerfully resonate today. Ultimately, Larsen forces us to consider whether we can ever truly choose who we are. The Modern Library Torchbearers series features women who wrote on their own terms, with boldness, creativity, and a spirit of resistance. Praise for Passing "The genius of this book is that its protagonists . . . are complex and fully realized. . . . The work of a highly talented and thoughtful writer." —Richard Bernstein, The New York Times

Electronic resources

View other formats and editions

Book 2 E-book 1 English 3 All formats and editions 3
LDR 03961nam a2200409Ka 4500
001621950
003OWWL
006m d
007cr cn---------
008131123s2007 nyu s 000 1 eng d
020 . ‡a9780307431585 (electronic bk)
037 . ‡a4FB242D2-610D-4F56-9C32-9FBA1E524712 ‡bOverDrive, Inc. ‡nhttp://www.overdrive.com
040 . ‡aTEFOD ‡cTEFOD
084 . ‡aFIC004000 ‡aFIC019000 ‡aFIC049040 ‡2bisacsh
1001 . ‡aLarsen, Nella.
24510. ‡aPassing ‡h[electronic resource]. ‡cNella Larsen.
260 . ‡c2007.
300 . ‡a1 online resource
336 . ‡atext ‡btxt ‡2rdacontent
337 . ‡acomputer ‡bc ‡2rdamedia
338 . ‡aonline resource ‡bcr ‡2rdacarrier
506 . ‡aAvailable as a download from OWWL2go with a valid OWWL borrower card.
520 . ‡aSOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Two women in 1920s New York discover how fluid and dangerous our perceptions of race can be in this electrifying classic of the Harlem Renaissance—w ith an introduction by Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman , finalist for the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Irene Redfield is living an affluent, enviable life with her husband and children in the thriving African American enclave of Harlem in the 1920s. That is, until she runs into her childhood friend, Clare Kendry. Since they last saw each other, Clare, who is similarly light-skinned, has been "passing" for a white woman, married to a racist man who does not know about his wife's real identity, which she has chosen to hide from the rest of the world. Irene is both fascinated and repulsed by Clare's dangerous secret, and in turn, Clare yearns for Irene's sense of ease and security with her Black identity and community, which Clare gave up in pursuit of a more advantageous life, and which she can never embrace again. As the two women grow close, Clare begins to insert herself and her deception into every part of Irene's stable existence, and their complex reunion sets off a chain of events that dynamically alters both women forever. In this psychologically gripping and chilling novel, Nella Larsen explores the blurriness of race, sacrifice, alienation, and desire that defined her own experience as a woman of mixed race, issues that still powerfully resonate today. Ultimately, Larsen forces us to consider whether we can ever truly choose who we are. The Modern Library Torchbearers series features women who wrote on their own terms, with boldness, creativity, and a spirit of resistance. Praise for Passing "The genius of this book is that its protagonists . . . are complex and fully realized. . . . The work of a highly talented and thoughtful writer." —Richard Bernstein, The New York Times
5210 . ‡aText Difficulty 3 - Text Difficulty 4
5212 . ‡aUG/Upper grades (9th-12)
5218 . ‡a5.7 ‡bATOS Level
5218 . ‡a810 ‡bLexile.
533 . ‡aElectronic reproduction. ‡bNew York : ‡cModern Library, ‡d2007. ‡nRequires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 1830 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
65017. ‡aFiction. ‡2OverDrive
650 7. ‡aAfrican American Fiction. ‡2OverDrive
650 7. ‡aClassic Literature. ‡2OverDrive
650 7. ‡aHistorical Fiction. ‡2OverDrive
655 7. ‡aElectronic books. ‡2local
7761 . ‡cOriginal ‡z9780375758133
85640. ‡uhttp://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=272&titleID=449967 ‡zClick to access digital title.
8564 . ‡3Excerpt ‡uhttps://samples.overdrive.com/?crid=4FB242D2-610D-4F56-9C32-9FBA1E524712&.epub-sample.overdrive.com ‡zSample
8564 . ‡3Image ‡uhttps://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-100/0111-1/%7B4FB242D2-610D-4F56-9C32-9FBA1E524712%7DImg100.jpg ‡zLarge cover image
8564 . ‡3Thumbnail ‡uhttps://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-200/0111-1/%7B4FB242D2-610D-4F56-9C32-9FBA1E524712%7DImg200.jpg ‡zThumbnail cover image
905 . ‡ukriedener
901 . ‡aODN0000449967 ‡bSystem Local ‡c621950 ‡tbiblio ‡sOwwl2Go

Additional Resources