Passing

Novelist Larsen's mixed parentage gave her a profound insight into racial issues in 1930s America.

This story deals with these issues in the context of middle class Black families, their passions and ambitions, and the remarkable phenomenon of 'passing for white'.

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Novelist Larsen's mixed parentage gave her a profound insight into racial issues in 1930s America.

This story deals with these issues in the context of middle class Black families, their passions and ambitions, and the remarkable phenomenon of 'passing for white'.

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The beguiling Clare Kendry, still successfully passing for white, has infiltrated herself into Irene's home and into Black society.

But the gloss of charm, which has enabled Clare to become popular and admired, conceals a seam of darkness that threatens to shake Irene's ordinary, happy life to its foundations.