Betsey Brown

A Novel

Ntozake Shange

St. Martin's Griffin

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Praised as "exuberantly engaging" by the Los Angeles Times and a "beautiful, beautiful piece of writing" by the Houston Post, acclaimed artist Ntozake Shange brings to life the story of a young girl's awakening amidst her country's seismic growing pains. Set in St. Louis in 1957, the year of the Little Rock Nine, Shange’s story reveals the prismatic effect of racism on an American child and her family. Seamlessly woven into this masterful portrait of an extended family is the story of Betsey's adolescence, the rush of first romance, and the sobering responsibilities of approaching adulthood.

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THE SUN HOVERED BEHIND A PINK HAZE THAT ENgulfed all of St. Louis that Indian summer of 1959. Th e sun was a singular preoccupation with Betsey. She rose with it at least once a week. She'd shake Sharon or Margot outta they beds and run to the back porch on the second floor to watch the horizon set a soft blaze to the city. Their house allowed for innumerable perspectives of the sun. From the terrace off Betsey's room, where she was not 'sposed to stand, she could see the sun catty-cornered over the Victorian houses that dotted the street, behind maples and oaks grown way over the roofs

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Ntozake Shange

NTOZAKE SHANGE is a renowned playwright, poet, and novelist. Her works includes Some Sing, Some Cry, the Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo and Liliane. Among her honors and awards are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund and a Pushcart Prize. A graduate of Barnard and recipient of a Masters in American Studies from University of Southern California, she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Betsey Brown
A Novel
Ntozake Shange

Trade Paperback

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
September 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312541231
ISBN10: 0312541236
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 208 pages
$16.99

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Picador
August 1995
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312134341
ISBN10: 0312134347
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages
$13.00

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
September 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429956635
ISBN10: 1429956631
208 pages
$7.99
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