Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires audiobook

Heads of the Colored People: Stories

By Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Read by Adenrele Ojo

Highbridge Audio, HighBridge
6.23 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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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.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2018 Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction

Longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction

Finalist for the 2018 Kirkus Prize

Finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work by a Debut Author

Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction

The 2019 Audie Award Winner for Best Narration in Short Stories/Collections

A Bustle Pick of Best Books of 2018

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Funny, smart, and of the moment.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Superbly witty.” New York Times
“Thompson-Spires flashes fearsome gifts for quirky characterization, irony-laden repartee, and edgy humor…[and] is attentive to telling details of speech, comportment, and milieu, sometimes to devastating effect….[able] to achieve an appealing balance of astringency and poignancy.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Thompson-Spires proves herself a trenchant humorist with an eye for social nuance.” Publishers Weekly
“Narrator Adenrele Ojo has the vocal dexterity to keep up with the many stories in this collection…Ojo switches effortlessly between humor, anger, and despair, mirroring the characters’ range of emotional experiences…Ojo’s inflections help us laugh whenever possible as she highlights the sarcasm sprinkled throughout each story. Listeners will lose themselves in this collection as the narratives resonate with their own struggles or intrigue them to experience perspectives different from their own.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Author Bio: Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Nafissa Thompson-Spires earned a doctorate in English from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Illinois. Her work has appeared in Story Quarterly, Lunch Ticket, and The Feminist Wire, among other publications. She is a 2016 fellow of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Short Stories
Runtime: 6.23
Audience: Adult
Language: English