Daddy Says by Ntozake Shange

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"Do you really think she rides with us, Lucie? I mean, when we want to win so bad we can taste it in the back of our mouths and our throats go dry? Is Mama watchin' over us when it's our turn at the gate?"

Annie Sharon and Lucie-Marie, daughters of two African-American rodeo stars, have been raised by their loving but remote father, Tie-Down, since their mother, Twanda, was killed by an out-of-control horse. The girls feel their mother's absence terribly, especially now that they are beginning to get older, but Tie-Down misses her too much to talk about her. Now Tie-Down has started dating Cassie, and the girls resent her intrusion into their lives. But after a close call at the rodeo, it is Cassie who finally brings this family together.


About Ntozake Shange

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Ntozake Shange is the author of for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, which won the Obie Award for Best Drama, as well as Float Like a Butterfly, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez, and numerous other plays, novels, and poetry collections. Among the many honors she has received are an NEA Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Medal of Excellence from Columbia University, the City of Philadelphia Artist's Award, and several citations from the Texas State legislature, as well as keys to the cities of Cambridge, Massachusetts; Los Angeles, California; and San Antonio and Austin, Texas. Ntozake Shange is professor of drama and English at the University of Florida at Gainesville.
Published January 1, 2003 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 192 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Children's Books.

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While this could be enjoyed by rodeo and horse fans—roping, bronco busting, and barrel racing are described in detail—and fills a niche by portraying African-American girls in a western context, actively riding rodeo, as literature, it fails to score.

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This novel set in Texas offers an insider's view of the African-American rodeo scene, with mixed success. Shange (for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the

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Shange (for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf) vividly conveys the excitement and danger of trick riding and ably expresses the void felt by Cowboy "Tie-Down" and his two daughters, 12-year-old Lucie-Marie and 14-year-old Annie Sharon, after his rodeo-star wife i...

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