Atria / 37 INK
On Sale: January 22, 2019
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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,
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
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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