Free Audio Friday: Passing by Nella Larsen



In honor of African-American history month, Elizabeth is featuring a title from her LibriVox back catalog for Free Audio Friday today: Nella Larsen’s brilliant 1929 novel Passing, which you can download here. Larsen was a writer of the Harlem Renaissance, and in this book she examines the troubled friendship between two mixed-race women who can pass as white. One, Irene Redfield, marries a black man and lives in Harlem, while the other, Clare Kendry, marries a bigoted white man. Clare re-enters Irene’s life after an absence of many years, and stirs up painful questions about identity.

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