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Publisher's Summary

Ntozake Shange’s most beloved novel, Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo, is the story of three “colored girls,” three sisters and their mama from Charleston, South Carolina. Sassafrass, the oldest, is a poet and a weaver like her mother, gone north to college and living with other artists in Los Angeles, trying to weave a life out of her work, her man, her memories, and her dreams. Cypress, the dancer, leaves home to find new ways of moving and easing the contractions of her soul. Indigo, the youngest, is still a child of Charleston - with “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.

©1982 Ntozake Shange (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC

Critic Reviews

“Miss Shange writes with such exquisite care and beauty that anybody can relate to her message.” ( 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)
“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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  • Javale
  • 07-01-2015

What I Needed

I've seen this white book with the blue lady on it in my house for years in passing and never picked it up. Only at 28 ( 29 in a few days) did I pick it up when my siblings and I went to surprise redecorate mother's house for the new year. It is everything. Everything I needed right now. I also decided to get my free audio book and to have this to go along with the book was such a treat.

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  • Elaina Dariah
  • 12-08-2020

This is a beautiful story, told by people that speak a beautiful dialect

This is one of my favorite books. I re-read it for nostalgic reasons. Upon buying the audible I had hoped to hear the rich voices of the black people in Charleston SC. Having lived there for 4 years. I was so disappointed in the narration. It was a southern accent. Not the rich, deep melody of Gullah (Geechee) native tongue. A tonal language that reminds you of low country boils, windswept beaches, and sweet grass baskets.

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  • Penny C.
  • 12-07-2011

Amazing

Stunning prose; excellent reading. Sound quality isn't amazing, but I didn't notice after the first fifteen minutes.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-09-2020

Excellence in motion ♥️♥️♥️

I closed my eyes and saw everything and everyone in there settings , clothing,motion and not to mention the food please listen 😉😉

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  • RIO
  • 05-01-2019

excellent performance. excellent writing.

excellent writing by the author. The performer's delivery brought the book to life. I will be purchasing more of this author's works.

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  • zwadi
  • 03-11-2020

Classic.

loved this book! it referenced a lot of ATR, if you know you know. but the narrator's mispronounced Oshun. other than that I'm adding to my top 10

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  • CJB
  • 17-10-2020

ADORED THIS!

This was a very very different type of a book that touched me so spiritually! This is a book that I see re-visiting time and time again! The narrator was absolutely superb! I highly recommend this book!

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  • Valerie D. Pegram
  • 29-08-2018

if you love Zora and Toni read this book!!

loved it, brilliant writer, excellent narration!! Kept me wanting more and more! Great read for any avid reader!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-07-2018

the Narrator really bought this Book to Life.

Great Story , Great Narrator. the Narrator really put me dead in the center of this book. it's filled with Spells & lessons that I recommend

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  • Shay
  • 21-10-2020

Just ok

I found this book to be just ok. The plot line felt all over the place and there was no real direction for the story. Indigo’s storyline was so starkly different than that of Cypress and Sassafras. I enjoyed the historical elements and that C and S lived lives as modern women out west and up north after growing up in the south. Cypress’s story was my favorite with the elements of being a career dancer and exploring her sexuality.

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