Passing Cover


By Nella Larsen

Wilder Publications, Paperback, 9781604599947, 84pp.

Publication Date: February 25, 2010

Two light-skinned African American women, friends since childhood, have chosen to embrace their identities and live their lives in completely different ways.

About the Author
Carla Kaplan is the Davis Distinguished Professor of American Literature at Northeastern University. She is the author of "The Erotics of Talk: Women's Writing and Feminist Paradigms, Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters", and "Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance" (forthcoming). She is also editor of "Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk Tales from the Gulf States" and "Dark Symphony and Other Works by Elizabeth Laura Adams".

Wednesday, Apr 7, 2010

Writer Heidi Durrow says she has read Nella Larsen's Passing more than a dozen times. The 1929 novel tells the story of two light-skinned, African-American women — childhood friends who are reconnected after leading drastically different lives. Durrow says Larsen demands that her readers transcend society's assigned labels. More at

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