Liliane A Novel

Ntozake Shange

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

288 Pages



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Through the polyphonic voices of Liliane Lincoln's childhood friends, lovers, and conversations with her psychoanalyst, Ntozake Shange weaves the life of a remarkable young woman. Liliane Lincoln is an artist who exposes what she knows of herself to the world through her bold and colorful artwork. Gradually, however, Liliane realizes that in order to survive, she must come to terms with what she has kept hidden even from herself. Liliane is extraordinary vision of a woman learning to be who she really is.


Praise for Liliane

"A standing ovation for Ntozake Shange. This is her finest work of fiction so far . . . Liliane is a spirited book with a wealth of convincing and true African-American voices talking love and pain, survival and renewal."—Clarence Major, The Washington Post Book World

"What a pleasure it is to hear Ntozake Shange singing in so many different keys, so many different tempos. Her Liliane is a dense, ambitious, worthy song."—Valerie Sayers, The New York Times Book Review

"Beautifully written and deftly crafted . . . If you've been longing for a novel that is as sensual as it is sexy, a novel that serves up as much lyricism as it does laughter, a novel whose black female characters are as complex as they are contemporary, this is the one you've been waiting for."—Valerie Boyd, Atlanta Journal

"A powerful vision and perfect ear . . . Shange brilliantly captures . . . disparate places and times."—Samuel Shem, Boston Globe

"A daring portrait of a black woman artist recreating herself out of social and psychological chaos, the fragmentation that haunts our time, our nation. Ourselves."—Kelly Cherry, The Los Angeles Times Book Review

"A vivid, often visceral portrait . . . Shange is a writer of overwhelming strength."—Autumn Stephens, San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle

"Powerful . . . complex, beautiful . . . the language is so consisently penetrating and the intellectual content so dramatically dramaticall mportant."—Laurel Elkind, Boston Review

"A magical portrait of a committed artist/dreamer who's greater than the sum of her parts. A rare in-depth story about the life experience of a courageous female soul. With it, Shange may well set herself alongside such writers as Toni Morrison and Isabel Allende—creators of poetic and historical tours de force that stay with the reader long after she's stopped reading."—Vibe

"Bold, intricate and absorbing . . . Shange offers another important work that dismantles African-American stereotypes to unearth real and tangled roots."—Lorenzo Thomas, Houston Chronicle

"[Shange] is undeniably one of the great writers of our time, reconstructing American fiction with honesty and beauty, reclaiming African-American history and culture from the wasteland of oppression."—Shannon Cate, Trenton Times

"Flamboyant, passionate and richly textured—an original and memorable work."—Kirkus Reviews

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  • Ntozake Shange

  • Ntozake Shange is a renowned playwright, poet, and novelist. Her novels include Betsey Brown and Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo both of which are available from Picador USA. She lives in Philadelphia with her family.

  • Ntozake Shange