Quicksand & Passing by Nella Larsen
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‘She could neither conform nor be happy in her unconformity’
‘Absolutely absorbing, fascinating and indispensable’ Alice Walker
Nella Larsen wrote two novels in her lifetime, both of which are collected here. The first, Quicksand, follows a mixed-race woman who runs from the fictional town of Naxos to Chicago to Harlem to Copenhagen. It becomes easy for her to leave behind places but the discrimination she’s running from is inescapable. In Passing, two childhood friends reconnect later in life. One, slightly more light-skinned than the other, lives her life passing for a white person, married to a flagrant racist while her friend observes uneasily.
Masterfully plotted and infinitely illuminating, Quicksand & Passing is one of the finest works of the Harlem Renaissance.
‘Buy the book’ W. E. B. Du Bois
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