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Heads of the colored people : stories

Author: Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Publisher: New York, NY : 37INK/Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2019. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First 37INK/Atria paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"Calling to mind the best works of Paul Beatty and Junot Diaz, 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Short stories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nafissa Thompson-Spires
ISBN: 9781501168000 1501168002
OCLC Number: 1083456298
Notes: Includes reading group guide.
Description: 209 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Heads of the colored people: four fancy sketches, two chalk outlines, and no apology --
The necessary changes have been made --
Belles lettres --
The body's defenses against itself --
Fatima, the biloquist: a transformation story --
The subject of consumption --
Suicide, watch --
Whisper to a scream --
Not today, Marjorie --
This Todd --
A conversation about bread --
Wash clean the bones.
Other Titles: Short stories.
Responsibility: Nafissa Thompson-Spires.

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"Calling to mind the best works of Paul Beatty and Junot Diaz, 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"--

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