Rebecca Johnson's Reviews > Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line

Passing Strange by Martha A. Sandweiss
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Jun 03, 12

Read from September 30 to October 10, 2010

Meh. I just couldn't get interested in this. The subject matter is interesting and gives the reader a well-researched glimpse into the race-relations of the time from a perspective that isn't very common (a white man passing as a black man and marrying a black woman), but since there was so little material that documented the Kings' relationship, I found the entire book to be somewhat speculative and therefore uncompelling. I would rather read a documentary about something that definitely happened than a novel about something that might have happened (I'm speaking of the emotions involved when I refer to the speculation...I don't doubt the authenticity of the actual events.)
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10/06/2010 "I am really struggling to stay interested. It's for book club, so I soldier on."

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