"Passing" is a novel about two light-skinned African-American women, Irene Redfield and Clare Kendry, who can 'pass' as white. Set during the Harlem Renaissance, the story explores the intricacies and challenges of racial identity in 1920s America. Clare, who has chosen to live as a white woman, married to a racist who is unaware of her true heritage, risks everything when she reconnects with her childhood friend Irene, causing both women to grapple with their identities and desires, leading to tragic consequences.
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This book is on the following lists:
- 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)
- The ZORA Canon: The 100 greatest books ever written by African American women (Zora)
- 500 Great Books by Women (Book)