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Irene Redfield is a Black woman living an affluent, comfortable life with her husband and children in the thriving neighborhood of Harlem in the 1920s. When she reconnects with her childhood friend Clare Kendry, who is similarly light-skinned, Irene discovers that Clare has been passing for a white woman after severing ties to her past--even hiding the truth from her racist husband.
Clare finds herself drawn to Irene's sense of ease and security with her Black identity and longs for the community (and, increasingly, the woman) she lost. Irene is both riveted and repulsed by Clare and her dangerous secret, as Clare begins to insert herself--and her deception--into every part of Irene's stable existence. First published in 1929, Larsen's brilliant examination of the various ways in which we all seek to "pass," is as timely as ever.
Once everyone has arrived, we'll have a casual discussion of the book for an hour or so (7-8pm). After this you are all welcome to stay for a drink and some social time.
This meetup is free for all to attend, but to help cover subscription costs I'll pass a donation envelope around at some point during the evening. This is to help me keep the group running, so any contributions are much appreciated.
We'll be choosing December's book during this meetup, so please let me know if there are any short novels that you would like to add to the shortlist before this event.