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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 by Terri | 5/22/2011

    " Surprising and thought provoking. "

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

    " enjoyd this good read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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. "

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About the Author
Author Ntozake Shange

Ntozake Shange, fearless in her quest to affirm the realities of women of color, demonstrates that her name reflects her approach to both her art and her life. In the Zulu language of Xhosa, ntozake means “she who comes with her own things,” and shange means “she who walks like a lion.” While she is first and foremost a poet, she constantly extends her talents into other realms. She has written four novels, six volumes of poetry, numerous essays and screenplays, a plethora of critically acclaimed plays, and five children’s books.