The Open Book Club (In-Person & Virtual)
Come join the Open Book Club! This month, we're reading Passing by Nella Larsen.
Clare and Irene were two childhood friends. They lost touch when Clare's father died and she moved in with two white aunts. By hiding that Clare was part-black, they allowed her to "pass" as a white woman and marry a white racist. Irene lives in Harlem, commits herself to racial uplift and marries a black doctor. The novel centers on the meeting of the two childhood friends later in life, and the unfolding of events as each woman is fascinated and seduced by the other's daring lifestyle. Recently, Passing has received renewed attention because of its close examination of racial and sexual ambiguities and liminal spaces. It has achieved canonical status in many American universities.
- Registration is required, whether you want to attend in-person or virtually.
- This event will be hosted in-person at the Cinnaminson Library and virtually on Zoom. You can choose whether to attend in-person or virtually.
- Registrants will receive an email invitation with the Zoom link the day of the event. (If you plan to attend in-person, you can discard this email.