Heads of the Colored People

Heads of the Colored People


eBook - 2018
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Longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction and Kirkus Prize Finalist Calling to mind the best works of Paul Beatty and Junot Díaz, this collection of moving, timely, and darkly funny stories examines the concept of black identity in this so-called post-racial era. A stunning new talent in literary fiction, Nafissa Thompson-Spires grapples with black identity and the contemporary middle class in these compelling, boundary-pushing vignettes. Each captivating story plunges headfirst into the lives of new, utterly original characters. Some are darkly humorous—from two mothers exchanging snide remarks through notes in their kids’ backpacks, to the young girl contemplating how best to notify her Facebook friends of her impending suicide—while others are devastatingly poignant—a new mother and funeral singer who is driven to madness with grief for the young black boys who have fallen victim to gun violence, or the teen who struggles between her upper middle class upbringing and her desire to fully connect with black culture. Thompson-Spires fearlessly shines a light on the simmering tensions and precariousness of black citizenship. Her stories are exquisitely rendered, satirical, and captivating in turn, engaging in the ongoing conversations about race and identity politics, as well as the vulnerability of the black body. Boldly resisting categorization and easy answers, Nafissa Thompson-Spires is an original and necessary voice in contemporary fiction.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Atria / 37 INK, 2018
ISBN: 9781501168017
Characteristics: 224 p
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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Apr 28, 2019

Each story in this collection was consistently good and that doesn't happen very often with a short story collection. Yet overall I thought it was a good collection, but not a great one.

Apr 28, 2019

Her writing is incredible! I can't wait to see more of what she does. I'm not always one for short stories but each of these was gripping.

Jun 26, 2018

I loved how many of the stories are woven together. Some were funny, others were a bit dark and twisted putting a look of astonishment on your face and leaving a sick feeling in your stomach. Overall, a very good collection of short stories.


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