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The Short Fiction of Nella Larsen

She has spoiled his life; first by living and then by dying.

Nella Larsen

Why I’m Reading this Book?

I’ve read Passing and Quicksand first and found them amazing. So, I have to read other works by Nella Larsen. It’s amazing that she has such a short collection of published work, but each of her stories is wonderful and strike a note deep in heart.


This collection includes 3 short stories about mistaken identity, love and kinship.

My Review…

The Wrong Man – Lovely Julia is content with her life when one day she comes face to face with her past and that can really ruin everything for her. She decides to tackle this problem head on and then what happens is the crux of this story. My Rating -4.

Freedom– Story about love and freedom.A man left his mistress to be free from her. But is he really free? Can you be really free when your mind isn’t. A heartbreaking story. My rating – 4.

Sanctuary– A black man may have killed a white man. Sheriff with whole force is tracking him down, so he takes refuge in a black old lady house. But what if he has wronged her. Will he be safe in this sanctuary? Will that lady turn him out? My rating -4.

My Rating — 4

On the scale of: (1- Hate , 2- Neither like nor dislike, 3- Like, 4- Love, 5- Gaga)

Why anyone else should read this Book?

By short stories mean really short stories. In 30 pages, you will be done with all of them. 10 pages a story, not a big deal right?

Nella Larsen’s stories are not typical African-American literature. You won’t find outright racism, poverty and injustice but you will definitely notice an undercurrent of all of them. Nella’s characters usually roam in upper circles of society , but they still feel the heaviness of their colored skin. I think this is a very unique take on a part of society untouched so far and should be given its time of the day.

With very few published works, Nella is considered a prominent figure of Harlem Renaissance. It won’t be if not for her amazing work.

So pick up Nella Larsen, read a story or two, and let me know how did you like her.

Wear the mask, Stay home, Stay Safe!!!

Have you read it? Are you planning to? What is your opinion? Share them here. Till next time, Happy Reading Folks!!!


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