Heads of the Colored People

Stories
Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
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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.

©2018 Nafissa Thompson-Spires (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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What a great book

I absolutely love short stories and this book didn't disappoint. I really enjoyed how some of the stories were weaved into others yet were just as strong alone. A great book for any collection! I am now on the hunt for more books like this. Nafissa Thompson-Spires is now one of my new favorite authors!

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wonderfully written

every ending to the short surprised left my mouth gaping on my daily commute on the bus. not shocking endings just well written and gives an honest outlook on people

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voices in our heads

Liked the stories, narrator was great, some stories ended too abruptly. More variation in voices.

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Absolutely Petty...Loved It!

The story about the Mother's spoke to every petty bone in my body! I could definitely see myself saying those things (Oh the shame!) LOL!

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interesting not sure I liked it

struggled to understand some stories. made you think what was trying to be said. ca g say good or bad.