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Passing

Passing Like a glass of lemonade that is both sweet and tart writer Patricia Jones mixes up a refreshing blend of deep emotion and raw truth tempered by a grounded dose of wisdom To Lila Giles the term pas

  • Title: Passing
  • Author: Patricia Jones
  • ISBN: 9780380805853
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Paperback
  • Like a glass of lemonade that is both sweet and tart, writer Patricia Jones mixes up a refreshing blend of deep emotion and raw truth, tempered by a grounded dose of wisdom.To Lila Giles, the term passing refers to those pale hued folks who take advantage of their creamy shade by crossing into the white world Descended from a long line of an elite Balti family awashLike a glass of lemonade that is both sweet and tart, writer Patricia Jones mixes up a refreshing blend of deep emotion and raw truth, tempered by a grounded dose of wisdom.To Lila Giles, the term passing refers to those pale hued folks who take advantage of their creamy shade by crossing into the white world Descended from a long line of an elite Balti family awash with high colored skin just right for passing , family lore told Lila that not one of them would have thought to deny their true selves and rich history in such a way It is this sense of pride that bonds the Giles family together a bond strongly enforced by Lila s controlling stepmother Eulelie But the delicate balance of this branch of the family Eulelie has so carefully engineered is threatened when Lila s brother decides to marry a woman from an oh so very wrong family.A proud though severe matriarch, Eulelie Giles has ruled her four grown stepchildren with a heavy self righteousness that could break the spirit of the most sound opponent, let alone the nearly thirty year old Lila Relentlessly loyal to her privileged world, Eulelie has ingrained upon Lila and her three other stepchildren the importance of distinguishing between acceptable and unacceptable blacks Despite her strident belief in an unyielding class line, Eulelie has kept a secret about her own past that manages to affect, in ways than a few, anyone who enters her life As the wedding day draws closer, Lila begins to look at her reality versus Eulelie s, and what Lila finds leads to a confrontation between stepmother and stepdaughter that could finally shatter Eulelie s reign over Lila and the family, but ultimately, one that will lead Eulelie back to the truth.Filled with multi dimensional characters and rich with atmosphere, Passing is a story of tangled family relationships the secrets, misunderstanding, and deceptions that hold them together.

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    1. The only reason I finished this was because I had to read it for a class (on passing, which was fascinating overall). The only reason it gets one star is that there's something of a story there, but like too much of what passes for so-called "urban" fiction these days, this went out without the benefit of a (good? slightly decent? breathing?) editor.A far more coherent and less soap-opera-ish treatment of this subject can be found with Nella Larsen's two best-known works, Passing and Quicksand ( [...]

    2. I read this book for my online book club. Ugh-0h. Wrong "Passing." This was an interesting story, a little too long, with a little bit of repetition. I probably would have stopped reading if I had not wanted to finish for the book club, but it did get a bit better toward the end. I did feel the characters were too shallow.

    3. Ok, just finished reading this book. It started a little slow for me so I was definately dragging my feet about reading it. Close to the 100th page the book picked up. It was about how a black woman tries to pass off as being a high society member of Baltimore, Maryland. When in fact she was born dirt poor in the deepest part of the Carolinas. Throughout the book the woman tries to rear her 3 daughters and son to turn up their noses' at people who were not born on the 'right side of the tracks'. [...]

    4. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The title is deceptive. I thought it represented a black woman passing for white, but it was really more about your inner self and pretending to be something you're not. I thought the Giles' children were shallow and phony, but it was because of Eulelie and how she raised them could they not be. I loved Sandra and her familyey were real, honest, loving and genuine. There were enough twists and turns to keep you interested. I enjoyed this story so much and hated wh [...]

    5. Eulelie Giles is a complicated woman with a story. We all have stories. Who are we to judge others when we all have stories?Eulelie is an intraethnic classist: she thinks lower- and higher-class Blacks should be kept separate. She is a snob, who raises another woman's children to have her superciliousness.The prologue to this story ends this way: " it always seemed to dead-end quietly with the unsettling notion that her mother was a black woman passing as a white woman, passing as a black woman. [...]

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