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Some Sing, Some Cry

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"Shange's serious mission was leavened with plenty of humor and a sense of irony that rendered the nameless ladies in orange and other colors of the rainbow both tragic and triumphantly iconic, a balancing act of the personal and political that has distinguished many of her other works, including the novel Liliane." Erin Aubry Kaplan, Ms. Magazine (Read the entire Ms. Magazine review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Award-winning writer Ntozake Shange and real-life sister, award-winning playwright Ifa Bayeza achieve nothing less than a modern classic in this epic story of the Mayfield family.

Opening dramatically at Sweet Tamarind, a rice and cotton plantation on an island off South Carolina's coast, we watch as recently emancipated Bette Mayfield says her goodbyes before fleeing for the mainland. With her granddaughter, Eudora, in tow, she heads to Charleston. There, they carve out lives for themselves as fortune-teller and seamstress. Dora will marry, the Mayfield line will grow, and we will follow them on an journey through the watershed events of America's troubled, vibrant history — from Reconstruction to both World Wars, from the Harlem Renaissance to Vietnam and the modern day.

Shange and Bayeza give us a monumental story of a family and of America, of songs and why we have to sing them, of home and of heartbreak, of the past and of the future, bright and blazing ahead.

Synopsis:

A groundbreaking work of a family from slavery to the present-day from an iconic writer praised as a "superb storyteller who keeps her eye on what brings her characters together rather than what separate thems". (The New York Times Book Review)

Synopsis:

Groundbreaking and heartbreaking, this triumphant novel by two of America's most acclaimed storytellers follows a family of women from enslavement to the dawn of the twenty-first century.

Synopsis:

Award-winning writer Ntozake Shange and real-life sister, award-winning playwright Ifa Bayeza achieve nothing less than a modern classic in this epic story of the Mayfield family. Opening dramatically at Sweet Tamarind, a rice and cotton plantation on an island off South Carolina's coast, we watch as recently emancipated Bette Mayfield says her goodbyes before fleeing for the mainland. With her granddaughter, Eudora, in tow, she heads to Charleston. There, they carve out lives for themselves as fortune-teller and seamstress. Dora will marry, the Mayfield line will grow, and we will follow them on an journey through the watershed events of America's troubled, vibrant history—from Reconstruction to both World Wars, from the Harlem Renaissance to Vietnam and the modern day. Shange and Bayeza give us a monumental story of a family and of America, of songs and why we have to sing them, of home and of heartbreak, of the past and of the future, bright and blazing ahead.

Synopsis:

Award-winning writer Ntozake Shange and her sister, award-winning playwright Ifa Bayeza achieve nothing less than a modern classic in this epic story of the Mayfield family. Opening dramatically at Sweet Tamarind, a rice plantation on an island off the coast of Georgia, we witness the recently emancipated Elizabeth (Bette) Mayfield saying her goodbyes before embarking for the mainland. With her granddaughter Eudora in tow, she heads to Charleston where they will make lives for themselves as seamstress and fortune-teller. Dora will marry, the Mayfield line will grow, and we will follow them on an journey through the watershed events of America's troubled, vibrant history—from Reconstruction to both World Wars, from the Harlem Renaissance to Vietnam and the modern day. Shange and Bayeza give us a monumental story of a family and of America, of songs and why we have to sing them, of home and of heartbreak, of the past and of the future, bright and blazing ahead.

“If there are shoulders modern African American women's literature stand upon they belong to Ntozake Shange who revolutionized theater and literature with her iconic work for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf  in the 1970's. Any of us writing today are inheritors of her genius. Some Sing, Some Cry will show her to be as potent and irrepressible a force as she was thirty years ago.” --Sapphire

About the Author

NTOZAKE 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, Betsey Brown, Liliane 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 currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
IFA BAYEZA is an award-winning playwright, producer, and conceptual theater artist. Her works for the stage include Amistad Voices, Club Harlem, Kid Zero, Homer G & the Rhapsodies, and The Ballad of Emmett Till, winner of the 2008 Edgar Award for Best Play and a 2007 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference fellowship. A graduate of Harvard University, Bayeza is a board member of the SonEdna Literary Foundation. She lives in Chicago.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312198992
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Shange Ntozake and Ifa Bayeza
Author:
Shange, Ntozake
Author:
Bayeza, Ifa
Author:
Ntozake, Shange
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
African American - Contemporary Women
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100914
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 576 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312198992 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Shange's serious mission was leavened with plenty of humor and a sense of irony that rendered the nameless ladies in orange and other colors of the rainbow both tragic and triumphantly iconic, a balancing act of the personal and political that has distinguished many of her other works, including the novel Liliane." (Read the entire Ms. Magazine review)
"Synopsis" by , A groundbreaking work of a family from slavery to the present-day from an iconic writer praised as a "superb storyteller who keeps her eye on what brings her characters together rather than what separate thems". (The New York Times Book Review)
"Synopsis" by ,
Groundbreaking and heartbreaking, this triumphant novel by two of America's most acclaimed storytellers follows a family of women from enslavement to the dawn of the twenty-first century.
"Synopsis" by ,

Award-winning writer Ntozake Shange and real-life sister, award-winning playwright Ifa Bayeza achieve nothing less than a modern classic in this epic story of the Mayfield family. Opening dramatically at Sweet Tamarind, a rice and cotton plantation on an island off South Carolina's coast, we watch as recently emancipated Bette Mayfield says her goodbyes before fleeing for the mainland. With her granddaughter, Eudora, in tow, she heads to Charleston. There, they carve out lives for themselves as fortune-teller and seamstress. Dora will marry, the Mayfield line will grow, and we will follow them on an journey through the watershed events of America's troubled, vibrant history—from Reconstruction to both World Wars, from the Harlem Renaissance to Vietnam and the modern day. Shange and Bayeza give us a monumental story of a family and of America, of songs and why we have to sing them, of home and of heartbreak, of the past and of the future, bright and blazing ahead.

"Synopsis" by ,

Award-winning writer Ntozake Shange and her sister, award-winning playwright Ifa Bayeza achieve nothing less than a modern classic in this epic story of the Mayfield family. Opening dramatically at Sweet Tamarind, a rice plantation on an island off the coast of Georgia, we witness the recently emancipated Elizabeth (Bette) Mayfield saying her goodbyes before embarking for the mainland. With her granddaughter Eudora in tow, she heads to Charleston where they will make lives for themselves as seamstress and fortune-teller. Dora will marry, the Mayfield line will grow, and we will follow them on an journey through the watershed events of America's troubled, vibrant history—from Reconstruction to both World Wars, from the Harlem Renaissance to Vietnam and the modern day. Shange and Bayeza give us a monumental story of a family and of America, of songs and why we have to sing them, of home and of heartbreak, of the past and of the future, bright and blazing ahead.

“If there are shoulders modern African American women's literature stand upon they belong to Ntozake Shange who revolutionized theater and literature with her iconic work for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf  in the 1970's. Any of us writing today are inheritors of her genius. Some Sing, Some Cry will show her to be as potent and irrepressible a force as she was thirty years ago.” --Sapphire

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