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Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo

A Novel

Ntozake Shange

St. Martin's Griffin

Ntozake Shange's beloved Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo is the story of three sisters and their mother from Charleston, South Carolina. Sassafrass, the oldest, is a poet and a weaver like her mother before her. Having gone north to college, she is now 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, leaves home to find new ways of moving in the world. Indigo, the youngest, is still a child of Charleston—"too much of the south in her"—who lives in poetry and has the supreme gift of seeing the obvious magic of the world. Shange's rich and wondrous story of womanhood, art, and passionately-lived lives is written "with such exquisite care and beauty that anybody can relate to her message” (The New York Times).


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Chapter 1
WHERE THERE IS A WOMAN THERE IS MAGIC. IF there is a moon falling from her mouth, she is a woman who knows her magic, who can share or not share her powers. A woman with a moon falling from her mouth, roses between her legs and tiaras of Spanish moss, this woman is a consort of the spirits.
Indigo seldom spoke. There was a moon in her mouth. Having a moon in her mouth kept her laughing. Whenever her mother tried to pull the moss off her head, or clip the roses round her thighs, Indigo was laughing.
“Mama, if you pull 'em off, they'll just grow back. It's my blood. I've
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REVIEWS

Praise for Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo

“Shange’s wit, lyricism and fierceness are marvelous.”

The New York Times

“A jubilant celebration of womanhood—as moving as the moon…pure magic.”

Kansas City Star

“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

“Possessed of poetry, motion, and light… Shange’s tale is poignant, surprising, and deep as she looks as the different worlds of women and their special places therein.”

Publishers Weekly

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • 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 enufBetsey Brown 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. Tony and Grammy Award-nomiated Shange is a graduate of Barnard and recipient of a Masters in American Studies from University of Southern California. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Ntozake Shange
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Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo

A Novel

Ntozake Shange

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St. Martin's Griffin

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