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Jamie Zaccaria | 219 comments Irene Redfield, the novel's protagonist, is a woman with an enviable life. She and her husband, Brian, a prominent physician, share a comfortable Harlem town house with their sons. Her work arranging charity balls that gather Harlem's elite creates a sense of purpose and respectability for Irene. But her hold on this world begins to slip the day she encounters Clare Kendry, a childhood friend with whom she had lost touch. Clare—light-skinned, beautiful, and charming—tells Irene how, after her father's death, she left behind the black neighborhood of her adolescence and began passing for white, hiding her true identity from everyone, including her racist husband.

This book was phenomenal. It was gorgeously written and touches on heavy subjects including race, class, sexuality, etc. I would re-read this many times and consider it to be a must-read classic.

Hilde (hilded) | 433 comments I read this earlier this year, loved it as well. Such a gem of a book, it definitely deserves more readers :)

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Cheryl  (cherylllr) Oh gawd... Does it explain how she managed to marry a racist? Passing is one thing, I don't have a problem with that, but marrying someone who is a racist just seems like bad karma, at the very least.

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