Passing


Read by Elizabeth Klett

(4.5 stars; 109 reviews)

Nella Larsen, a novelist of the Harlem Renaissance, wrote two brilliant novels that interrogated issues of gender and race. In Passing, her second novel published in 1929, she examines the troubled friendship between two mixed-race women who can pass as white. One, Irene Redfield, marries a black man and lives in Harlem, while the other, Clare Kendry, marries a bigoted white man. Clare re-enters Irene's life after an absence of many years, and stirs up painful questions about identity. (Introduction by Elizabeth Klett) (3 hr 29 min)

Chapters

Part 1, Chapter 1 7:24 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 1, Chapter 2 41:08 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 1, Chapter 3 28:56 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 1, Chapter 4 3:30 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 2, Chapter 1 22:22 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 2, Chapter 2 25:07 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 2, Chapter 3 9:25 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 2, Chapter 4 6:12 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 3, Chapter 1 24:20 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 3, Chapter 2 6:55 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 3, Chapter 3 6:51 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Part 3, Chapter 4 27:37 Read by Elizabeth Klett

Reviews

A disturbing look back in time


(5 stars)

This story is certainly about race, but it also seems to be about fitting in. The women in this story both seem to be able to "pass" as white if they wish. One chooses to do so and the other does not (well at least I think she doesn't.) I was a bit confused as to whether Irene was at times trying to pass, but Clare for sure was. Clare; however, misses the other part of her heritage, thus her reason for wanting to keep seeing Irene. I cannot identify with the women on the racial aspect, but I can certainly understand the part about fitting in. Often I thought both of these women were rather snobbish and it was hard to really like either of them. Toward the end I could really sympathize with Irene because of her suspicions about Clare and her philandering. The story does not have a real clear end but it certainly makes you think when it is over. Elizabeth Klett narrates and does a wonderful job. I think I would be curious to hear the opinion from a person of color on what they thought of this story. It is sad that racial discrimination is part of our history and still exists even today. I think though that there will always be that fear of whatever is different whether it is race, religion, age, sex, etc. My only hope is that people will learn that judging a person by their appearance is not very wise.


(5 stars)

amazing i could relate so well to the young ladies as i am mixed jamaican and english i share a few of the same feelings on passing however i never would as that would be asking me to loose to much of myself and the ache for culture would grow to thick for me to bare! it highlights how to women can feel connected my their mixed heritage but also shows how very different the both feel about race.

superb writing


(5 stars)

and equally superb narration. A glimpse into the consequences of choices some black Americans made in the 1920s to pass as white. Also a window into the Harlem NY society of the same era. Meticulously drawn characters brought to life by EK


(5 stars)

wonderful work that deserves to be better known. the story isnt only about race. there are many kinds of "passing," and identity "passes" between different dimensions. many thanks to Eliz. Klett for this wonderful reading.


(4.5 stars)

Great story with a shocking ending. I can't even imagine living with the secrets these people lived with. Quite a lot to think about. Well written & well read! Elizabeth is an angel!

Another great read by EK


(4 stars)

A glimpse into a bygone era and choices by people AND the consequences of their choices

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(4 stars)

Larsen's vivid, well crafted characterizations and Klett's flawless delivery made this quite the page turner. absorbingly well done. 👍

Loved it


(5 stars)

I've read this story many times. It's one of my favorites. Klett's reading is wonderful.