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Heads of the colored people : stories / Nafissa Thompson-Spires.

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Woodbury Public Library SS THOMPSON-SPIRES (Text to phone) 34018142678269 Adult New Fiction Checked out 11/02/2021
  Genre: Short Story Collection

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  • ISBN: 1501168002 : PAP
  • ISBN: 9781501168000 : PAP
  • ISBN: 1501167995
  • ISBN: 9781501167997
  • ISBN: 9781501167997
  • ISBN: 1501167995
  • Physical Description: 209 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First 37INK/Atria Books hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : 37INK/Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., [2018]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-203).
Formatted Contents Note:
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.
Summary, etc.:
"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: African Americans > Fiction.
Blacks > Race identity > Fiction.
Short stories, American > Fiction.
Genre: Short stories.

Syndetic Solutions - Author Notes for ISBN Number 1501168002
Heads of the Colored People : Stories
Heads of the Colored People : Stories
by Thompson-Spires, Nafissa
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Heads of the Colored People : Stories

Nafissa Thompson-Spires earned a doctorate in English from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Illinois. Her work has appeared in Story Quarterly, Lunch Ticket, and The Feminist Wire , among other publications. She was a 2016 fellow of the Callaloo Writer's Workshop.

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