Betsey Brown by Ntozake Shange

Betsey Brown

By Ntozake Shange

  • Release Date: 2010-09-28
  • Genre: African American
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Praised as "exuberantly engaging" by the Los Angeles Times and a "beautiful, beautiful piece of writing" by the Houston Post, acclaimed artist Ntozake Shange brings to life the story of a young girl's awakening amidst her country's seismic growing pains. Set in St. Louis in 1957, the year of the Little Rock Nine, Shange's story reveals the prismatic effect of racism on an American child and her family. Seamlessly woven into this masterful portrait of an extended family is the story of Betsey's adolescence, the rush of first romance, and the sobering responsibilities of approaching adulthood.


  • Great Read

    By LiteraryGirl730
    You can't help but love Betsey. Hearing about this turbulent time period from a child's perspective made it an interesting read. I only wish Shange had given us more of an ending. I felt like I was left hanging...