Heads of the Colored People

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Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (135 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Very enjoyable with humor twisted with reality.

Great read of short stories of the mosaic of African Americans. Humor, truth, and relatable.

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Great short stories

Picked up this book as a recommendation to understand more about diversity. Found the book instead to be a book about people.

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Forced to Read and Analyze this book for College

[Read Headline] Not my type of book, I am sure someone will get some enjoyment out of it. I didn't have the will to read it but thankfully Audible had this in their catalog. Saved time by having it read to me to fill out the questions that the Professor made us answer regarding each short story.

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Sketches Well Drawn

The performance is well done so the audible version is worth the listen. The collection is filled with well drawn characters and with voices filled with spirit and life. The author captures the struggle of surviving under the gaze of whiteness with expert precision. Always centering black characters and an internal battle to be recognized. Although I’m not black, but Native American, I found all the stories very relatable to contemporary Native lives seeking upward mobility. I enjoyed the brutal honesty in the stories and the unique voice of the author. I highly recommend this book. Especially if you want a unique read to talk with friends and family.

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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.