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Publisher's Summary

Written in 1929 at the height of the Harlem Renaissance by one of the movement's most important and prolific authors, Plum Bun is the story of Angela Murray, a young Black girl who discovers she can pass for White. After the death of her parents, Angela moves to New York to escape the racism she believes is her only obstacle to opportunity. What she soon discovers is that being a woman has its own burdens that don't fade with the color of one's skin, and that love and marriage might not offer her salvation.

©2017 Jessie Redmon Fauset, Morgan Jerkins (P)2021 Beacon Press

Critic Reviews

“A key figure in the Harlem Renaissance movement. A force to be reckoned with. She. Was. Amazing.”—Shonda Rhimes

“One gets, with thought and study, lights on human character. The book is, therefore, well worth reading: not simply from its point of view, but from its human touch and interesting action and plot.”—W. E. B. Du Bois 

“An engrossing novel of women’s lives and experiences. . . . Jessie Redmon Fauset uses Angela’s development as the springboard to explore larger issues that have become regarded as central to Black women’s fiction: the experience of passing, the exploitation of women as sexual objects and thus a questioning of heterosexual relationships, the assertion of racial pride, and the primacy of female bonding.”—Mary Katherine Wainwright, Belles Lettres 

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