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“Passing” by Nella Larsen was first published in 1929. It is a social and psychological fiction written very realistically. The story is set primarily in Harlem, New York, in the 1920s.
The story revolves around the reunion of two childhood friends, Clare Kendry and Irene Redfield. It also describes how their fascination with each other’s lives continues to grow with the progression of time.
The title “Passing” is highly significant in the context of the story, particularly in the case of Clare who tries to pass as white for her husband John ‘Jack’ Bellew.
Summarized & Analyzed "Passing"
Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: Plot Overview
Chapter Three: Major Characters
Chapter Four: Complete Summary
Chapter Five: Critical Analysis