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Passing

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  77 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Like a glass of lemonade that is both sweet and tart, writer Patricia Jones mixes up a refreshing blend of deep emotion and raw truth, tempered by a grounded dose of wisdom.

To Lila Giles, the term "passing" refers to those pale-hued folks who take advantage of their creamy shade by crossing into the white world. Descended from a long line of an elite Baltimore family awash
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ebook, 384 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published August 1st 1999)
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Kecia
Nov 10, 2008 Kecia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The only reason I finished this was because I had to read it for a class (on passing, which was fascinating overall). The only reason it gets one star is that there's something of a story there, but like too much of what passes for so-called "urban" fiction these days, this went out without the benefit of a (good? slightly decent? breathing?) editor.

A far more coherent and less soap-opera-ish treatment of this subject can be found with Nella Larsen's two best-known works, Passing and Quicksand (
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Racquel
Jan 19, 2009 Racquel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok, just finished reading this book. It started a little slow for me so I was definately dragging my feet about reading it. Close to the 100th page the book picked up. It was about how a black woman tries to pass off as being a high society member of Baltimore, Maryland. When in fact she was born dirt poor in the deepest part of the Carolinas. Throughout the book the woman tries to rear her 3 daughters and son to turn up their noses' at people who were not born on the 'right side of the tracks'. ...more
VJ
Aug 31, 2013 VJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eulelie Giles is a complicated woman with a story. We all have stories. Who are we to judge others when we all have stories?

Eulelie is an intraethnic classist: she thinks lower- and higher-class Blacks should be kept separate. She is a snob, who raises another woman's children to have her superciliousness.

The prologue to this story ends this way: "... it always seemed to dead-end quietly with the unsettling notion that her mother was a black woman passing as a white woman, passing as a black wom
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Hillary
Jan 13, 2009 Hillary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EXCELLENT book
Jenene
Aug 14, 2011 Jenene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Janel Reaves
Author's first work of fiction and I loved it. Wonderful example of prejudice within a race.
Mel
Great book. Not the same "Passing" my professor had us read. :-)
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