[ Prime ] Passing (Penguin Classics)Author Nella Larsen – Albawater.co

Nella Larsen s powerful, thrilling, and tragic tale about the fluidity of racial identity that continues to resonate today A New York Times Editors Choice Clare Kendry is living on the edge Light skinned, elegant, and ambitious, she is married to a racist white man unaware of her African American heritage, and has severed all ties to her past after deciding to pass as a white woman Clares childhood friend, Irene Redfield, just as light skinned, has chosen to remain within the African American community, and is simultaneously allured and repelled by Clares risky decision to engage in racial masquerade for personal and societal gain After frequenting African American centric gatherings together in Harlem, Clares interest in Irene turns into a homoerotic longing for Irenes black identity that she abandoned and can never embrace again, and she is forced to grapple with her decision to pass for white in a way that is both tragic and telling This edition features a new introduction by Emily Bernard and notes by Thadious M DavisForthan seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world Withthan ,titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to datetranslations by award winning translators