He opens by raising the following issues:
What makes a novel so powerful that nearly a century after its publication, the movie adaptation lands on President Obama’s list of favorite films? Perhaps it’s the mysterious and unresolved death of a main character. Perhaps it’s the emphasis on the psychology of two light-skinned black women’s attitudes toward passing for white. What’s certain is that Nella Larsen’s novel Passing has captivated audiences for nearly 100 years.