Hot Comb

By: Ebony Flowers

Hot Comb offers a poignant glimpse into black women’s lives and coming-of-age stories as seen across a crowded, ammonia-scented hair salon while ladies gossip and bond over the burn. The titular “Hot Comb” is about a young girl’s first perm—a doomed ploy to look cool and stop seeming “too white” in the all-black neighborhood her family has just moved into. In “Virgin Hair,” taunts of “tender-headed” sting as much as the perm itself. “My Lil Sister Lena” shows the stress of being the only black player on a white softball team. Lena’s hair is the team curio, an object to be touched, a subject to be discussed and debated at the will of her teammates, leading Lena to develop an anxiety disorder of pulling her own hair out. Throughout Hot Comb, Ebony Flowers re-creates classic magazine ads idealizing women’s need for hair relaxers and products. “Change your hair form to fit your life form” and “Kinks and Koils Forever” call customers from the page.

Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9781770463486

JLG Release: Jul 2019


Sensitive Areas: Strong language, Racism, Domestic violence, Depiction of nudity
Topics: African Americans , Hair salons , Slice of life , Beauty standards , Graphic novels , Short story collections

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Book Details

ISBN

9781770463486

First Release

July 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

9" x 6 1/2"

Page Count

184

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

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Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Paperback

Publisher

Drawn & Quarterly

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Strong language, Racism, Domestic violence, Depiction of nudity

Topics

African Americans, Hair salons, Slice of life, Beauty standards, Graphic novels, Short story collections,

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