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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Random House Inc
Publication date November 1, 2000
Pages 182
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780375504464
ISBN-10 037550446X
Dimensions 0.75 by 4.75 by 7 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $18.95
§As reported by publisher
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Clare Kendry, a beautiful light-skinned African American woman married to a white man who is unaware of her heritage, long ago cut all ties to her past, but a reunion with a childhood friend forces her to confront her lies.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: First published to critical acclaim in 1929, Passing firmly established Nella Larsen's prominence among women writers of the Harlem Renaissance. The Modern Library is proud to present Passing—an electrifying story of two women who cross the color line in 1920s New York—together with a new Introduction by the Obie Award- winning playwright and novelist Ntozake Shange.

Irene Redfield, the novel's protagonist, is a woman with an enviable life. She and her husband, Brian, a prominent physician, share a comfortable Harlem town house with their sons. Her work arranging charity balls that gather Harlem's elite creates a sense of purpose and respectability for Irene. But her hold on this world begins to slip the day she encounters Clare Kendry, a childhood friend with whom she had lost touch. Clare—light-skinned, beautiful, and charming—tells Irene how, after her father's death, she left behind the black neighborhood of her adolescence and began passing for white, hiding her true identity from everyone, including her racist husband. As Clare begins inserting herself into Irene's life, Irene is thrown into a panic, terrified of the consequences of Clare's dangerous behavior. And when Clare witnesses the vibrancy and energy of the community she left behind, her burning desire to come back threatens to shatter her careful deception.

Brilliantly plotted and elegantly written, Passing offers a gripping psychological portrait of emotional extremity. The New York Times Book Review called Larsen "adroit at tracing the involved processes of a mind divided against itself, that fights between the dictates of reason and desire." The Saturday Review of Literature said, "[Larsen] has produced a work so fine, sensitive, and distinguished that it rises above race categories and becomes that rare object, a good novel."


Editions
Hardcover
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from Random House Inc (November 1, 2000)
9780375504464 | details & prices | 182 pages | 4.75 × 7.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $18.95
About: Clare Kendry, a beautiful light-skinned African American woman married to a white man who is unaware of her heritage, long ago cut all ties to her past, but a reunion with a childhood friend forces her to confront her lies.
Reprint edition from Praeger Pub Text (November 12, 1969)
9780837115412 | details & prices | 215 pages | 5.75 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $85.00
About: Nella Larsen's remarkably candid exploration of shifting racial and sexual boundaries Clare Kendry leads a dangerous life.
Paperback
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from Createspace Independent Pub (January 12, 2014)
9781494991111 | details & prices | 94 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $6.99
About: Nellallitea 'Nella' Larsen (first called Nellie Walker) was an American novelist of the Harlem Renaissance who wrote two novels and a few short stories.
from Createspace Independent Pub (October 4, 2011)
9781466399587 | details & prices | 215 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.84 lbs | List price $9.95
About: Generally regarded as Nella Larsen's best work, Passing was first published in 1929 but has received a lot of renewed attention because of its close examination of racial & sexual ambiguities.
With Carla Kaplan | from W W Norton & Co Inc (September 1, 2007)
9780393979169 | details & prices | 400 pages | 5.25 × 8.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $21.30
from Dover Pubns (October 26, 2004)
9780486437132 | details & prices | 94 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.25 in. | 0.28 lbs | List price $6.95
With Thadious M. Davis (other contributor) | from Penguin Classics (February 1, 2003)
9780142437278 | details & prices | 160 pages | 5.25 × 7.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $13.00
With Ntozake Shange (other contributor) | from Modern Library (May 1, 2002)
9780375758133 | details & prices | 206 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $13.00
About: Set in the 1920s, this novel portrays the life of an African-American woman who attempts to pass for white.
from Penguin USA (November 1, 1998)
9789990018585 | details & prices | 160 pages | 5.00 × 7.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.28 lbs | List price $0.02
With Thadious M. Davis (other contributor) | from Penguin USA (August 1, 1997)
9780141180250 | details & prices | 122 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $10.00
Reprint edition from Ayer Co Pub (June 1, 1990)
9780881431193 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $19.95
About: "Absolutely absorbing, fascinating, and indispensable.
from Macmillan Pub Co (April 1, 1971)
9780020526803 | details & prices | List price $1.50
About: Excerpt from PassingThere had been, even in those days, nothing sacrificial in Clare Kendry's idea of life, no allegiance beyond her own immediate desire.
Prebinding
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from Turtleback Books (May 1, 2002)
9780613707527 | details & prices | 5.00 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.78 lbs | List price $22.05
About: Set in the 1920s, this novel portrays the life of an African-American woman who attempts to pass for white.

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