Hot Comb

Hot Comb

Book - 2019
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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 story "Hot Comb" is about a young girl's first perm--a doomed ploy to look cool and to stop seeming "too white" in the all-black neighborhood her family has just moved to. In "Virgin Hair" taunts of "tender-headed" sting as much as the perm itself. It's a scenario that repeats fifteen years later as an adult when, tired of the maintenance, Flowers shaves her head only to be hurled new put-downs. Realizations about race, class, and the imperfections of identity swirl through Flowers' stories and ads, which are by turns sweet, insightful, and heartbreaking."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [Montréal, Québec] : Drawn & Quarterly, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781770463486
Branch Call Number: FICTION HOT COMB
Characteristics: 180 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm


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Kinks, coils, and manes feature prominently in this autobiographical mash-up of hair-based stories. In these vignettes, chemical hair relaxers represent coming of age, avoiding swimming helps preserve a meticulously prepared hairstyle, and a variety of beauty ads promise consumers both natural an... Read More »

This collection of eight slice-of-life vignettes explores black women’s experience through their relationship with their hair.

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Mar 15, 2020

Narrow subject; amateurish drawings; very juvenile.

JCLEmmaF Jun 27, 2019

Glimpses into black girlhood through the lens of hair and the moments surrounding it. Quite cool.


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