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Heads of the Colored People : Stories
by Nafissa Thompson-Spires




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*Winner of the PEN Open Book Award*
*Winner of the Whiting Award*
*Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award and Aspen Words Literary Prize*
*Nominated for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize*
*Finalis

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Overview

*Winner of the PEN Open Book Award*
*Winner of the Whiting Award*
*Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award and Aspen Words Literary Prize*
*Nominated for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize*
*Finalis

 

Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781501168000
  • ISBN-10: 1501168002
  • Publisher: 37 Ink
  • Publish Date: January 2019
  • Page Count: 224
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds


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Heads of the Colored People
by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Long-listed for the 2018 National Book Award, these shrewdly observed, expertly crafted stories of the African-American experience signal the arrival of an important writer.

 

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