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  • Passing | Nella Larsen

    Passing

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Nella Larsen
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
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    First published in 1929, Passing is a remarkable exploration of the shifting racial and sexual boundaries in America. Larsen, a premier writer of the Harlem Renaissance, captures the rewards and dangers faced by two negro women who pass for white in a deeply segregated world.

    William M Storm says: "If not for the Ending"
  • Passing | Nella Larsen

    Passing

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nella Larsen
    • Narrated By Alice Johnson
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    Light-skinned black woman Irene Redfield meets an old childhood friend - Claire - who is now "passing" as a white woman... Claire is married to a racist white man, who doesn't know she has African American blood. Despite the danger of being found out by her husband and society at large she finds herself helplessly drawn to Irene's world. An absolutely fascinating listening experience on many levels simultaneously.

  • Quicksand | Nella Larsen

    Quicksand

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Nella Larsen
    • Narrated By Alice Johnson
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    Like most of us in our twenties, Helga Crane, our American heroine and teacher in the rural South; is filled with the desire to be more than she is and to feel the world more intensely. She therefore dismisses her native Chicago, New York's Harlem, Copenhagen even. She also passes on opportunities for extended family, for marriage, and for true love. What is always latent in this truly remarkable work; is how much the background of 1920's American racial segregation defines Helga's malaise, and how much - paradoxically - is of her own doing.

  • Quicksand | Nella Larsen

    Quicksand

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nella Larsen
    • Narrated By Christine Glassman
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    Nella Larsen's first novel tells the story of Helga Crane, a fictional character loosely based on Larsen's own early life. Crane is the lovely and refined daughter of a Danish mother and a West Indian black father who abandons Helga and her mother soon after Helga is born. Unable to feel comfortable with any of her white-skinned relatives, Helga lives in various places in America and visits Denmark in search of people among whom she feels at home.

    Adamma DuCille says: "Anticlimactic"
  • Passing | Nella Larsen

    Passing

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Nella Larsen
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Irene Redfield is a woman with an enviable life. She and her successful husband, Brian, share a comfortable Harlem townhouse with their sons. But everything changes on the day she encounters a long-lost childhood friend. Clare Kendry - light-skinned, charming and beautiful - tells Irene how she left behind the black neighbourhood of her adolescence and began passing for white, hiding her true identity from everyone, including her racist husband....

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