|About the Book|
Ntozake Shange, award-winning author of for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, and her sister Ifa Bayeza, award-winning playwright of The Ballad of Emmett Till, achieve nothing less than a modern classic with this epic, universal story of the Mayfield family.Opening dramatically at a sprawling rice plantation just off Georgia’s coast, the recently emancipated Elizabeth Mayfield says her goodbyes to Sea Island before fleeing for the prospect of a free life in Charleston. With her granddaughter, Eudora, in tow, she will carve out lives for them in the bustling port city as a seamstress and fortune-teller. Ma Bette, as she is later called, becomes matriarch and fierce protector as she shapes, supports, and leads her children and theirs through trials unimaginable. Eudora will marry- the Mayfield line will grow- and listeners will be taken on an astonishing tour through the watershed events of American history as experienced by one incredibly strong and musically-gifted family.From Recontruction to both World Wars, from the Harlem Renaissance to Vietnam, Some Sing, Some Cry brings to life a monumental story of one family’s history and of America’s history, of the warmth of home and the shatter of heartbreak, of an unforgettable past and a brighter future, blazing ahead.