There is a scene in Plum Bun that stayed with me long after I read the novel. Angela Murray, our protagonist, is waiting at New York’s Pennsylvania Station for her sister, Jinny, who’s arriving from Philadelphia. Unexpectedly, Roger, Angela’s white lover, is at the station as well, believing that Angela came to meet him. She has to come up with a lie quickly. You see, to Roger, Angela Murray is Angèle Mory, and she is not Black, but rather white. When Jinny waves to Angela from a distance, Angela rebuffs her so that her true racial identity will not be revealed. I often think about what must’ve gone through Jinny’s head, with their parents having passed away, when her only sister acts if she doesn’t know her. I think about the immense guilt Angela must have felt about doing that to someone who did nothing but love and support her.