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Nella Larson : Quicksand and Passing

Nella Larson : Quicksand and Passing

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Celebrating the finest works of the Harlem Renaissance, one of the most important Black arts movements in modern history.

'She could neither conform nor be happy in her unconformity'

Nella Larsen wrote two novels in her lifetime, both of which are collected here. The first, Quicksand, follows a mixed-race woman who runs from the fictional town of Naxos to Chicago to Harlem to Copenhagen. It becomes easy for her to leave behind places but the discrimination she's running from is inescapable. In Passing, two childhood friends reconnect later in life. One, slightly more light-skinned than the other, lives her life passing for a white person, married to a flagrant racist while her friend observes uneasily.

Masterfully plotted and infinitely illuminating, Quicksand and Passing are two of the finest works of the Harlem Renaissance.