Liliane is one dysfunctional episode in life after another all the way to the end of the book. The writing alternates between scenes from Liliana's life, being told as a personal account by the main character or another character who witnessed it, and sessions with her therapist whom Liliana is always rude to.
Now it wasn't all that bad. Ntozake also has a style in her writing that is very charming, and she uses it well in Liliane. She offers the reader an expansive list of historical people, places, and things that will entice you to expand your knowledge by getting to know these worthwhile mentions like The Crests, The Shirelles, Bartok and places like Lisbon. Ntozake keeps alive forgotten icons of world culture. This is the best part of the book. Unless you're just on a mission to read all of Ntozake's books you can probably skip Liliane. I give this book two ankhs.
K. Akua Gray
April 12, 2016