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Brought to you by Penguin.

This Penguin Classic is performed by Amaka Okafor, an acclaimed stage actress and composer who performs all over the country at venues such as The National Theatre, The Old Vic and National Theatre Scotland. 

A classic, brilliant and layered novel that has been at the heart of racial identity discourse in America for almost a century.

Clare Kendry leads a dangerous life. Fair, elegant and ambitious, she is married to a white man unaware of her African American heritage and has severed all ties to her past. Clare's childhood friend, Irene Redfield, just as light-skinned, has chosen to remain within the African American community, but refuses to acknowledge the racism that continues to constrict her family's happiness. A chance encounter forces both women to confront the lies they have told others - and the secret fears they have buried within themselves.

©1929 Nella Larsen (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Very modern for an old book

Fascinating storyline about a topic I knew little of. The narrator is fabulous.
I felt the ending was a little weak but thoroughly enjoyed this

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Succinct but powerful

In a short space of time, I was transported to an era when secrets & lies were a means of being accepted into society. ‘Passing’ was written quite a while ago but deals with issues of racism & colourist; issues that still plague our society today. I found it sad & haunting yet very engaging.