Connecting with the Passing Book Box
I'm so glad you got one of our limited edition book boxes featuring Nella Larsen's Passing because it was a real eye-opener for us inside our Monthly Book Box subscription and I am excited to share that experience with you here inside the Passing Book Box.
First things first, like I said in the note I wrote to you, Passing opened my eyes to a world that I did not know existed. Before reading Passing, I had never heard of prejudice within a race. Before reading Passing, I had never heard of the incredibly bold (and potentially dangerous) lifestyle. Before reading Passing, I didn't even know what I didn't know.
But Nella Larsen's classic changed all that for me.
And I hope it does for you, too.
Before you Begin
You are going to be tempted to read the introduction before you dive into Passing. I encourage you to skip it. It contains a good many spoilers to the novel.
Instead, to set the stage in your head, read what I shared on Passing's author here. Nella Larsen is featured near the end (#12 on my list of 13 Classic Female Authors You Should Read).
Save the book's Introduction to read after you finish the book.
When you reach the specific pages or chapters cited, I want to share a little of what went on inside our private Facebook group when we read that section, too.
After you've read page 24, click here.
After you've read page 25, click here.
After you've read page 46, click here.
After you've read page 83, click here.
After you finish
Click here for thoughts on Clare Kendry.
Click here for thoughts on Irene Redfield.
Click here for thoughts on the two ladies' marriages.
Click here for more on the surprise ending.
Go back and read the Introduction now that you've finished the book.
You can continue connecting here.