Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo

A Novel

Ntozake Shange

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Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo is the story of three "colored girls," three sisters and their mama from Charleston, South Carolina: Sassafrass, the oldest, a poet and a weaver like her mother, gone north to college, living with other artists in Los Angeles and trying to weave a life out of her work, her man, her memories and dreams; Cypress, the dancer,who leaves home to find new ways of moving and easing the contractions of her soul; Indigo, the youngest, still a child of Charleston—"too much of the south in her"—who lives in poetry, can talk to her dolls, and has a great gift of seeing the obvious magic of the world.

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Praise for Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo

"Miss Shange writes with such exquisite care and beauty that anybody can relate to her message."—Clive Barnes, The New York Times

"A marvel . . . Languages—colloquial, established, lyric—play together like the most lush chamber music, the coolest jazz, the brassiest marches, the hippest jug band . . . [It] leaves us filled with joy and yearning for more."—Philadelphia Inquirer

"A jubilant celebration of womanhood—as moving as the moon . . . pure magic."—Kansas City Star

"Possessed of poetry, motion, and light . . . Shange's tale is poignant, surprising, and deep as she looks at the different worlds of women and their special places therein."—Publishers Weekly


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Ntozake Shange

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

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Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo
A Novel
Ntozake Shange

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
January 1996
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312140915
ISBN10: 0312140916
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
$15.00
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