This reading group guide for For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enufincludes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.Introduction
First published in 1975 and praised by The New Yorker
for “encompassing…every feeling a woman has ever had,” For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf
uses a complement of female narrators to examine what it is like to be of color and female in America. More than thirty-five years after its inception, the Obie-Award winning For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf
continues to be read and performed around the country and throughout the world.
In her new introduction to the work, Ntozake Shange reflects on the legacy of her best-known work: “For Colored Girls
still is a women’s trip, and the connection we can make through it, with each other and for each other, is to empower us all.” Topics and Questions for Discussion
- How does “dark phrases,” the opening poem of For Colored Girls…, evoke the psychological states of th