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A satirical and daring collection of short stories exploring black life from one of America's rising stars 'Makes you shake your head in delight Her stories feel simultaneously like the poke of a stick and a comforting balm; a smack followed by a kiss I’m so into it' Bim Adewunmi Guardian Heads of the Colored People interrogates o. Okay wow This is a phenomenal collection about people struggling to forge a sense of identity in a modern world The characters are all black and so the topic of black identity and black bodies is front and centerThe subjects are all contemporary a mix of cutting satire and poignant realism the two mothers exchanging passive aggressive notes via their daughters a family of new age fruititarians filming a reality show a high school girl who records ASMR videos a narcissistic woman contemplating suicide for the Facebook likes a funeral singer struggling to cope with the number of black bodies lost to gun violenceI m always thrilled when I pick up a book blurbed by George Saunders These stories certainly have echoes of Saunders and David Foster Wallace s post modern fiction but they never ever come across as derivativeThompson Spires plays around with form and structure in such a sharp way while never losing site of the subjects of each storyI loved this collection to the point of giddiness

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Heads of the Colored People

R her skills as a funeral singer And across a series of stories a young woman grows up negotiating and renegotiating her identityThis electric collection of short stories marks the arrival of a remarkable writer and an urgent new voiceShortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction 2019Shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 20. sometimes the enemy who looks like you is but a preparation for the enemy who is you the violence directed inside mitigates the violence that comes from outside each story delves into the psyche the mind and body at the forefront of some stories the body a stand in at times for the psychological trauma endured by the characters in these stories mostly by the black women and girls the characters of fatima marjorie and alma clearly represented as they sometimes battled their bodies in order to deal with the outward violence that was being done to them whether it was mentalemotional or physical the trauma of these women manifested in their bodies telling a story of what was happening inside their headsthere was also the uestion of blackness of what it is in a white space why it has to be that way and what can be done with it it circles back around into the conversation in a majority of the stories thompson spires frames the uestion of what is blackness in unusual ways letting it be nuanced subtle in certain stories while loud and demanding in others there is also the lingering uestion of agency of the body of the black woman s body and life in uite a few stories you see the struggles these women have in relation to their bodies to what their lives should look like or be it s something that isn t really solved in some stories as thompson spires leaves that for readers to chew onthis collection is illuminating in certain aspects while causing even uestions in others it s left me with a lot to think about and that is always a marker of amazing fiction if you want to read something that will stick with you and have you wondering about the characters even after finishing with the book you need to pick this up

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Ur supposedly post racial era to wicked and devastating effect exposing the violence that threatens black Americans no matter their apparent success A teenager is insidiously bullied as her YouTube following soars; an assistant professor finds himself losing a subtle war against his office mate; a nurse is worn down by the demand fo. In HEADS OF THE COLORED PEOPLE Nafissa Thompson Spires has written a powerful short story collection that entertains as it illuminates The stories are set against a backdrop of police brutality and micro aggressions and feature characters who lack the freedom to speak their minds to colleagues or therapists friends or family Their inner lives roil with all that is unsaid until as it must it finds a release By turns funny and tragic and always thoughtful the collection is a must read for anyone who wants to better understand the toll racial injustice exacts


5 thoughts on “Heads of the Colored People

  1. says:

    Okay wow This is a phenomenal collection about people struggling to forge a sense of identity in a modern world Th

  2. says:

    In HEADS OF THE COLORED PEOPLE Nafissa Thompson Spires has written a powerful short story collection that entertains as it illuminates The stories are set against a backdrop of police brutality and micro aggressions and feature cha

  3. says:

    “sometimes the enemy who looks like you is but a preparation for the enemy who is you the violence directed inside mitigates the v

  4. says:

    This collection of stories is as real and as surprising as life itself one moment you're laughing at the absurdity

  5. says:

    Just completed this book Great collection of short stories that covers a variety of subjects such as racism not only black

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