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They Come in All Colors

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
2019 First Novelist Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association

An “urgent and heartrending novel about an America on the brink” (Matt Gallagher, author of Youngblood), They Come in All Colors follows a biracial teenage boy who finds his new life in the big city disrupted by childhood memories of the summer when racial tensions in his hometown reached a tipping point.

It’s 1968 when fourteen-year-old Huey Fairchild begins high school at Claremont Prep, one of New York City’s most prestigious boys’ schools. His mother had uprooted her family from their small hometown of Akersburg, Georgia, leaving behind Huey’s white father and the racial unrest that ran deeper than the Chattahoochee River.

But for our sharp-tongued protagonist, forgetting the past is easier said than done. At Claremont, where the only other nonwhite person is the janitor, Huey quickly realizes that racism can lurk beneath even the nicest school uniform. After a momentary slip of his temper, Huey finds himself on academic probation and facing legal charges. With his promising school career in limbo, he begins to reflect on his memories of growing up in Akersburg during the Civil Rights Movement—and the chilling moments leading up to his and his mother’s flight north.

With Huey’s head-shaking antics fueling this coming-of-age narrative, the novel triumphs as a tender and honest exploration of race, identity, family, and homeland, and a work that is “emotionally acute…eye-opening and rewarding for a wide range of readers” (Library Journal, starred review).

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"An urgent and heartrending novel about an America on the brink. With force, Malcolm Hansen writes about race, identity and the fleeting deceptions of youth." - Matt Gallagher

"This is a voice so honest and alive it feels like a stranger whispering a confession in a dark room. Malcolm Hansen's novel is a prodigious debut of a rare literary talent." - Mat Johnson

"In They Come in All Colors, Malcolm Hanson is not writing about saints or monsters, just vivid human beings. And does so with humor and insight." - Victor LaValle


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Hardback Editions

August 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: They Come in All Colors
Author(s): Malcolm Hansen
ISBN: 1-68324-877-5 / 978-1-68324-877-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Platinum Spotlight Series
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May 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: They Come in All Colors: A Novel
Author(s): Malcolm Hansen
ISBN: 1-5011-7232-8 / 978-1-5011-7232-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atria Books
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Paperback Editions

April 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: They Come in All Colors: A Novel
Author(s): Malcolm Hansen
ISBN: 1-5011-7233-6 / 978-1-5011-7233-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atria Books
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Audio Editions

May 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: They Come in All Colors: A Novel
Author(s): Malcolm Hansen
ISBN: 1-68441-362-1 / 978-1-68441-362-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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May 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: They Come in All Colors: A Novel
Author(s): Malcolm Hansen
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May 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: They Come in All Colors: A Novel
Author(s): Malcolm Hansen
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May 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: They Come in All Colors: A Novel
Author(s): Malcolm Hansen
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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May 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: They Come in All Colors: A Novel
Author(s): Malcolm Hansen
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

May 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: They Come in All Colors: A Novel
Author(s): Malcolm Hansen
Publisher: Atria Books
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May 2018 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: They Come in All Colors: A Novel
Author(s): Malcolm Hansen
Publisher: Atria Books
Availability: Amazon UK