Thursday, July 1, 2010

Throwback Thursday: Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo by Ntozake Shange

Throwback Thursday, an event hosted by Jenny over at Take Me Away Reading, is a new meme I'll be featuring at least once a month  It's the time to recognize those older books… an older book you’ve always wanted to read, or one that you have read and love; maybe one from your childhood; or review an older book -- how about even a classic!

Synopsis:  Ntokaze Shange's Sassafrass, Cypress & 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.

While the author is best known for her great choreopoem, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/when the Rainbow is Enuf, I've always been a fan of hers because of Sassafrass...

Originally published: 1982


  1. I've added this to my wish list. She has a new book coming out in September called Some Sing Some Cry.

  2. Really? I had no idea she was still writing. Let me go do an early request from the library. Thanks!

  3. This is the book every Black female artist should read. It really goes into ways of living as an artist.