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Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo (original 1982; edition 1983)

by Ntozake Shange

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Title:Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo
Authors:Ntozake Shange
Info:St Martins Pr (1983), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 224 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:Audiobook, African-American, America, Magical Realism, Feminism, Race, Family, 20th Century, Women, 2013

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Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo by Ntozake Shange (1982)

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"So Cypress learned to see other people as themselves, and not as threats to her person." This line, and this novel, changed the way I conceptualize relationships. I'm still learning. ( )
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Sassafrass, Cypress and 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.

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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.… (more)

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