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4.42 out of 54.42 out of 54.42 out of 54.42 out of 54.42 out of 5 4.42 (12 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ntozake Shange Narrator: Allyson Johnson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781455199532
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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.

This story of three sisters making their way in an often hostile world is a touching celebration of womanhood.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 5/22/2011

    " Surprising and thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juenbug | 3/27/2011

    " Ntozake Shange really turns my crank. The way she spins language around just puts me in a swoon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eleanor | 1/22/2011

    " enjoyd this good read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misshaq | 11/28/2010

    " This book was great, Ntozake interweaves poetry and lyricism in all of her stories. I have to confess that whenever I think of this book I am reminded back of my high school days when I read this and did the love spell in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trudy | 9/26/2010

    " I experienced this story on audio. What a delicious treat! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 7/6/2010

    " I enjoyed the characters in the book (three sisters), but the novel seemed to have lost its rhythm about 2/3rds of the way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 2/14/2010

    " one of the best books about women I ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 5/22/2009

    " One of my favorite books ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 2/19/2009

    " This is some chick lit that is actually deep not just Sex and the City. Highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 1/11/2009

    " Especially enjoyed the language. Would have been a good one to list to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 1/10/2009

    " Loved this, it's so rich and effervescent and sensual and lyrical. Just adds a whole 'nuther dimension to aspects of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malena | 11/2/2008

    " Very interesting novel about 3 very different sisters. Love it! "

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About the Author
Author Ntozake ShangeNtozake Shange is a renowned playwright, poet, and novelist. Her works include the Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, Liliane, Betsey Brown, and Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo. 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 lives in Brooklyn.
About the Narrator

Allyson Johnson is an actress and singer who began performing in her hometown of Chicago at age twelve as coanchor of Bubble Gum Digest, a weekly children’s television news program, for which she won an Emmy. After earning a degree in psychology from Brown University, she moved to New York where she became a social worker before shifting to a career in television and radio. As a professional voice-over actress for more than twelve years, Johnson has recorded countless commercials, promos, audiobooks, narrations, and animation series.