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Hot Comb



by
Ebony Flowers

Edition
Paperback
Publisher
Drawn & Quarterly
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9781770463486

Awards and Honors
NPR’s Book Concierge - 2019
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse, Illustrations/Images: Nudity/Partial Nudity
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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.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse, Illustrations/Images: Nudity/Partial Nudity

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

184

Trim Size

9" x 6 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2019

Book Genres

Fiction

Topics

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

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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