20 March 2020

Book Beginning: Plum Bun by Jesse Redmon Fauset

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader. We share the first sentence (or so) of the book we are reading, along with our initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

Opal Street, as streets go, is no jewel of the first water. It is merely an imitation, and none too good at that. Narrow, unsparkling, uninviting, it stretches meekly off from dull Jefferson Street to the dingy, drab market which forms the north side of Oxford Street.

After reading "Quicksand" and "Passing" by Nella Larsen last month, I read an article about women writers of the Harlem Renaissance, and learned of Jessie Redmon Fauset's book,  "Plum Bun: A Novel Without a Moral". The quote on the book cover says "A fine example of the hidden Harlem Renaissance - where the women were writers too." I'm eager to read this book.


  1. The descriptive beginning drew me in, and now I want to read more. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “CROSS HER HEART”

    1. Yes, this looks like a good one. So does yours. She's a new author for me. Thanks!

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    1. I want to get into this story soon, as it is a classic of Harlem Renaissance literature.