Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Heads of the Colored People

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 orig...

Details Heads of the Colored People

TitleHeads of the Colored People
Release DateApr 10th, 2018
PublisherAtria / 37 INK
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Cultural, African American, Contemporary

Reviews Heads of the Colored People

  • Andre
    Although my initial reaction to this collection of stories was blasé, upon futher contemplation I went to four stars. The collection is centered on Black identity and the heaping of satire is heavy here and the humor is plentiful. The story Belles Lettres, which has two mothers exchanging notes through their daughters backpacks is side-splitting funny. Be careful reading in public, lest folks think you a little off for laughing loud alone with a...
  • Vnunez-Ms_luv2read
    Outstanding read!!! Wonderful stories. I loved how some of the stories weaved together from one to the other. My favorites were the letter written between two women about their daughters, and then the stories about the daughters themselves. This section read like a mini novel and I would not mind reading a full novel about the moms, Fatima and Christina. These stories are titled: "Belles Letters", :Fatima, the Bioquist: A Transformation Story" an...
  • Joe M
    A funny and sharp-witted debut! The author calls these "sketches," which explains their sheer readability, but the diversity of characters, and the way their lives are woven together throughout this collection presents a much larger and more interesting picture than that descriptor might suggest. The stories have a wide range—from bickering university professors, a battle of letters between two mothers, to a funeral singer, a downward spiral in...
  • Melissa
    Another outstanding short story collection for 2018. Thompson-Spires has bookended darkly comic and satirical stories about being black in America (including one about two feuding mothers who communicate through notes in their daughters’ schoolbags and another about an able-bodied woman who develops a fixation on men with physical disabilities - I found this to be ingenious commentary about white men who fetishize/objectify women of color) with...
  • Regina Griffin
    This a read that spotlights life and it’s many layers from mental illness, societal perception and self-perceptions, and so much more. This book takes many tales that are life for so many and weaves it into digestive storytelling and analysis of self-work. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The different writer voices and character profiles, good read. Thanks
  • Ella McCrystle
    First, a big thank you to Atria / 37 INK via Netgalley for the true pleasure they allowed in letting me read an advance digital copy of this collection. This is a positive review, but it's all my own thoughts.It's usually quite hard to review collections because there's usually at least a couple that completely miss the mark. That, thankfully, is not true of this collection. Every story is a perfect jewel of its own kind. There's no monotony here...
  • Gillian
    This was just a fine short story collection. I received this collection in advance of its debut for review purposes and was fairly underwhelmed. While each story spoke of a struggle in the black community, there were few themes in this anthology that are unfamiliar to those explored by previously available novels and breakout non-fiction books ('Swing Time,' 'The Mothers' and 'Another Day in the Death of America' come to mind). The stories themse...
  • Michelle Hart
    wildly inventive, boundry-pushing stories about middle-class black americans, including: a multiple-perspective tale about a police shooting at a comic convention, two mothers who use their children's school backpacks to exchange passive-aggressive notes to each other, a girl from the suburbs who befriends a less-wealthy girl and 'learns' how to be more black, etc. etc. there's something compelling and thought-provoking on every page. i cannot wa...
  • Kelsey
    Modern, timely, and crackling with dark humor. Each story flew by. These stories deal with everything from black identity and police violence to social media and reality TV, but they feature moments of levity, humanity, and life. A must-read. Thank to NetGalley and Atria Books for the digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
  • Emma Burcart
    This is one of the best story collections I have read in a long time. The stories are smart, funny, and modern, and the characters are real on the page. This collection made me think and feel and I was sad to finish it. It is one I will probably read again, at least once. I'm looking forward to reading more by Nafissa Thompson-Spires.
  • Shakarean
    really really REALLY good.
  • Amanda
    Review posting Wednesday 3/21 on angryangelbooks.com
  • Hayley Durelle
    Razor sharp