Fiction Ntozake Shange Liliane: A Novel

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Liliane: A Novel

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Through the polyphonic voices of Liliane Lincoln's childhood friends, lovers, and conversations with her psychoanalyst, Ntozake Shange weaves the life of a remarkable young woman. Liliane Lincoln is an artist who exposes what she knows of herself to the world through her bold and colorful artwork. Gradually, however, Liliane realizes that in order to survive, she must come to terms with what she has kept hidden even from herself. Liliane is extraordinary vision of a woman learning to be who she really is.

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Ntozake Shange is a renowned playwright, poet, and novelist. Her novels include Betsey Brown and Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo both of which are available from Picador. She lives in Philadelphia with her family.

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Although nearly 10 years have gone by since Shange's last novel, Betsey Brown (1985), her distinctive narrative style and thematic focus haven't changed. Shange is still a more potent poet and playwright than novelist, so her new work of fiction is episodic, inlaid with lush and earthy images, and electric with to-the-beat dialogue that just begs for the give-and-take of a live performance. The novel has some flaws, but it has a strong presence and covers a lot of psychological and cultural territory. Liliane epitomizes Shange's ideal black woman--a profoundly sensual and artistic renegade haunted by the suffering of people of color and her lost loved ones. The daughter of an ambitious, domineering father and a beautiful, selfish mother, Liliane grew up politicized as well as deeply attuned to beauty, eroticism, and the sharp pleasure of living a self-directed life. Shange conducts a rough-and-ready little chorus of friends, cousins, and lovers to tell Liliane's complex and emblematic story. Several chapters are narrated by one of Liliane's more alluring and amusing lovers, Victor-J{‚}esus Mar{¡}ia, while other sections document Liliane's sessions with her analyst. This is a novel with personality: it's moody, inconsistent, and frustrating. You admire it, learn from it, desire it, and resist it all at the same time. Donna Seaman

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