Sunday Spotlight on: Some Sing, Some Cry by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza

Today I want to talk about a book I am dying to read, but which I was not able to fit in in time to review it for my Chicago Author Month.

At 560 pages, “Some Sing, Some Cry” is a sweeping epic of the African American experience from emancipation through Vietnam, told through the lives of one family. Interestingly enough, “Some Sing, Some Cry” is actually the result of a collaborative effort between sisters. Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza are both successful playwrights, with Shange also having published fiction and poetry. Although Shange lives in New York, Bayeza makes her home in Chicago, which is why I chose to spotlight this during my Chicago Author’s Month.

I am typically not a huge fan of historical fiction set in the United States, but this is exactly the sort of thing that sways me. I love epics like “Some Sing, Some Cry” that showcase a nation and a people’s history while at the same time personalizing events through a focused group, such as a single family.

From the few pages I read, “Some Sing, Some Cry” seems to be well-written and moving, just the sort of book I’d like to settle in with over a long weekend.

Have read “Some Sing, Some Cry?” If so, what did you think of it? Is this the type of book that appeals to you?

I received no compensation for this post, including a copy of the book for review.

7 comments to Sunday Spotlight on: Some Sing, Some Cry by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza

  • Ooh! I haven’t read this yet but I really want to! I’m so glad you highlighted it. This type of book definitely appeals to be though I don’t read them too often.

  • I got a copy of Some Sing, Some Cry at BEA and am looking forward to it. Thanks for posting about it – I haven’t seen it featured on many other sites.

  • Ari

    I just saw this book in Borders and I wanted to get it but it was out of my budget =/

    I’m definitely going to have to read this book now because I too love books that cover historical periods through families. I haven’t read any of Ntozake Shange’s work and I may read this after I hop on the For Colored Girls bandwagon 😉

  • I’ve not read or even heard of this one before but it sounds like one I would read.

  • This is a book that I really want to read as well!! What an epic! I hope to get my hands on it soon!

  • This book is part of my library stack. I will start reading it early next week. I enjoy historical fiction immensely; and am looking forward to reading it.

  • Marionette Butts

    I am listening to the book on my Ipod. It is wonderful. It makes me review my family’s roots. The Mayfield women remind me of the women in my family.