Over the last few months, we read the following stories by Nafissa Thompson-Spires:
• “Belles Lettres”• "Fatima, the Biloquist: A Transformation Story”• “The Body's Defenses Against Itself”• "Heads of the Colored People”• “Wash Clean the Bones”• “Whisper to a Scream”
We primarily offered responses about what happened in her stories, but what's something you learned or considered related to the art of good storytelling as a result of reading the pieces in Thompson-Spires's collection? That is to say, how did the setup, style, tone, language, dialogue, circumstances, or conflicts presented in one of her stories shape your thinking about the possibilities of conveying a narrative in an artful, compelling, or surprising way? Identify the story by Thompson-Spires that prompted your thinking about the lesson you learned or considered.
• Reading Thompson-Spires made me realize how important a character who defies expectations is to making a story really captivating. I was so drawn into her story "Heads of the Colored People" was because of the unusual protagonist: a black man character who wears blue contact lenses, bleaches his hair, reads authors like Toni Morrison and Ralph Ellison, and does cosplay. --J.D• Thompson-Spires's story "Belles Lettres" reminded me that humor is vital to good storytelling. Although it was sad that the two black mothers spoke in such mean ways to each other, the idea of sending letters through their daughters and slyly insulting each other kept me laughing and reading. --O. A.