Heads of the Colored People

Heads of the Colored People

Short stories

Paperback (08 Aug 2019) | English

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Synopsis

A satirical and daring collection of short stories exploring black life from one of America's rising stars.

'Makes you shake your head in delight... Her stories feel simultaneously like the poke of a stick and a comforting balm; a smack followed by a kiss. I'm so into it' Bim Adewunmi, Guardian

Heads of the Colored People interrogates our supposedly post-racial era to wicked and devastating effect, exposing the violence 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 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.

This electric collection of short stories marks the arrival of a remarkable writer and an urgent new voice.

*Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction 2019*

*Shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2019*

About the Publisher

Vintage

Vintage

Vintage is a highly respected paperback publisher of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, publishing writers like Philip Roth, Martin Amis and Toni Morrison. There are many Booker and Nobel Prize-winning authors on the Vintage list such as Kingsley Amis, A S Byatt, J M Coetzee, Ismail Kadare, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Anne Enright, Iris Murdoch, Roddy Doyle and Ben Okri, to name a few.

Book information

ISBN: 9781784706586
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage
Pub date:
Edition: Short stories
DEWEY: 813.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 14423
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 186g
Height: 130mm
Width: 196mm
Spine width: 15mm