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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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User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

It's a shame: this novella builds well with a complicated treatment of the cruel hypocrisies experienced by a narrator who finds herself neither white nor black, loving and hating societies of each ... Read full review

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User Review  - Brittney Bazuin - Goodreads

There are so many different things I can say. This is truly unique, from anything I've ever read. It kept me wanting more. I want to know how the rest of her life plays out. I found it so easy to ... Read full review

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Nella Larsen (1891-1964) was the author of two novels and several short stories. She received a Guggenheim fellowship to write a third novel in 1930 but, unable to find a publisher for it, she disappeared from the literary scene and worked as a nurse.

Thadious M. Davis is the G. C. Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, the author of an acclaimed biography of Nella Larsen, and the editor of Larsen’s Quicksand for Penguin Classics.

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