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.