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Penguin, Jan 29, 2002 - Fiction - 192 pages
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Born to a white mother and an absent black father, and despised for her dark skin, Helga Crane has long had to fend for herself. As a young woman, Helga teaches at an all-black school in the South, but even here she feels different. Moving to Harlem and eventually to Denmark, she attempts to carve out a comfortable life and place for herself, but ends up back where she started, choosing emotional freedom that quickly translates into a narrow existence.

Quicksand, Nella Larsen's powerful first novel, has intriguing autobiographical parallels and at the same time invokes the international dimension of African American culture of the 1920s. It also evocatively portrays the racial and gender restrictions that can mark a life.

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Thadious Davis writes a great introduction - Goodreads
Rich and powerful writing. - Goodreads
Incredibly heartbreaking ending. - Goodreads
There's also not a whole lot of character development. - Goodreads
Nella Larson was a fantastic writer. - Goodreads
Excellent Harlem Renaissance writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Andrew Fairweather - Goodreads

I think it's safe to say I'm not a fan of Nella Larsen. I read her 'Passing' a while back, and even though I remember enjoying it more than than 'Quicksand', it didn't really resonate with me. All of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carrie Anne - Goodreads

Heartbreaking, delicate rendition of emotion. Read full review

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Carla Kaplan is the Davis Distinguished Professor of American Literature at Northeastern University. She is the author of "The Erotics of Talk: Women's Writing and Feminist Paradigms, Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters", and "Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance" (forthcoming). She is also editor of "Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk Tales from the Gulf States" and "Dark Symphony and Other Works by Elizabeth Laura Adams".

Thadious M. Davis is Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

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