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Heads of the Colored People

Nafissa Thompson-Spires

(author)

Hardback
**Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction 2019****Longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction 2018***Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 2018**Longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize 2019*In this crackling debut collection Nafissa Thompson-Spires interrogates our supposedly post-racial era.
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"She has put us on notice that we talk about race by not talking about it"

The Guardian

**Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction 2019** **Longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction 2018** *Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 2018* *Longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize 2019* In this crackling debut collection Nafissa Thompson-Spires interrogates our supposedly post-racial era. To wicked and devastating effect she exposes the violence, both external and self-inflicted, 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 of attrition against his office mate; a nurse is worn down by the demand for her skills as a funeral singer. And across a series of stories, a young woman grows up, negotiating and renegotiating her identity. Heads of the Colored People shows characters in crisis, both petty and catastrophic. It marks the arrival of a remarkable writer and an essential and urgent new voice.
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Book publisherVintage Publishing
Publication date9 Aug 2018
FormatHardback
Pages224
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