Hot Comb

Hot Comb

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. 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. Realizations about race, class, and the imperfecti...

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Title:Hot Comb
Author:Ebony Flowers
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Edition Language:English

Hot Comb Reviews

  • Lisa
    Beautiful artwork and storytelling. There is a table of contents at the beginning but I wish the book had been more explicitly presented as a collection of short stories - I would have been happy to have the first story expanded to book-length. ...
  • Melissa
    We humans cut our hair to mourn, cover it to be observant, shave it off to be more pious or keep it long as it is a gift from God. We judge others whose children have unkempt locks, and we dress our own to conform or rebel, because hair has meaning in culture.To brush hair binds parents to children ...
  • Hannah Garden
    I want Jillian to read this because I want to be able to talk to someone about it specifically in terms of the art specifically in context of having recently read Mira Jacob's Good Talk, but in the meantime my own thoughts are just basically I am glad this book exists, I think it's good, and I'd li...
  • Rod Brown
    A captivating glimpse of African American women and their hair as well as their relationships with their mothers, sisters and friends. This book is a great companion piece to Americanah, though better than that book for being concise and focused. The art has a rough and unrefined quality, but I quic...
  • Alicia
    It is equal parts biographical and every experience as Flowers describes African American hair in different contexts and experiences, however as with the graphic novel Yo, Miss: A Graphic Look At High School, the illustration style was distracting and unfocused. In scenes where there was singing or ...
  • Amanda
    I’m a little underwhelmed with this collection overall. There are a few stellar comics but they’re buried in with tangents and the panels themselves are hard to read....
  • Mary Lee
    Definitely a "window" book for me....
  • Elizabeth A
    Hair is a thing. Especially women's hair. Across all cultures. Women of color have extra special baggage when it comes to our hair. If you don't believe me, just look up how much money this industry generates. It boggles the mind. World hunger could be fixed with that kind of money. However, we all ...

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