Written by:
Nella Larsen
Narrated by:
Elizabeth Klett

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2017
5 hours 4 minutes
Quicksand is a 1928 novel by Nella Larsen, a writer of the Harlem Renaissance. It focuses on Helga Crane, a mixed-race woman who is a schoolteacher in the American south. As the novel opens, she suddenly decides to give up her teaching position and go north, back to her roots in Chicago.

Helga's restless search for identity is semi-autobiographical, inspired by Larsen's own struggles to reconcile her mixed heritage with the racism of 1920s America. Although this novel was published after 1923, the copyright was never renewed and is therefore in the public domain. (Introduction by Elizabeth Klett)
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Benjamin O.

Powerful and poignant all the way through, but that ending was soul-crushing.

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Great narrator. I found myself liking the character less and less.The book was well written but she seemed to be her own worst enemy, not knowing why she could not find happiness. When she expressed a desire, it was often given, only to get tired of it and want something more. It was ready to be finished and it ended sort of quickly. Larsen's other book was much better. I wish she had been able to write more.

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This book is devastating. It is about identity and feminism and choices or the lack of them. It is as relevant today as it was when written. The narrator, Elizabeth Klett is one of the best!

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