Betsey Brown

Ntozake Shange, Author
Ntozake Shange, Author St. Martin's Press $9.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-312-07728-0
Reviewed on: 03/04/1986
Release date: 03/01/1986
This novel about a black family living in St. Louis in 1957 centers on Betsey, 13, who is restless, wants to ""be somebody'' and is being bused to a white school. Her mother and grandmother oppose and her father supports integration. When the father plans to take Betsey and her siblings to demonstrate against a racist hotel, the mother leaves home. PW stated that ``by depicting and personalizing the racial tensions of the 1950s through the lives of appealing characters, Shange has produced a memorable, quietly powerful book.'' (March)
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