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When the Color Started

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A straight-A Chinese-American high school student mourns the death of her mother and makes a new friend from Senegal; a suburban mother of three discovers that the Arab boy she lost her virginity to is now a jihadist; an American boxer in Thailand unexpectedly comes to a fight-night reckoning with his escort girlfriend and the local authorities. Bradford Philen’s newest co ...more
Paperback, first, 234 pages
Published October 15th 2020 by Tailwinds Press
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Jim Latham
Oct 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A friend of mine recommended this book to me, and I'm glad I listened to her. (Thanks, Jen.) All of the stories in Bradford Philen's When the Color Started share deft characterization, solid dialogue, and high-quality writing, but what most impressed me is how the backgrounds of the narrators range widely across sex, gender, nationality, and class while always remaining credible and relatable. I particularly enjoyed Fight Night, Chosen, Spread, and Bucket List. Do yourself a favor and read this ...more
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Jul 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is an intriguing collection of first-person narratives which highlight the growing sophistication of the writer’s style. As an English Lit teacher myself, I particularly enjoyed the epistolary short story from a student writing to her teacher after finishing her English exam early! These stories left a warm glow, nothing “malodorous” as said student might have opined, and I encourage the writer to challenge himself to write a full-length novel next time. I liked this collection.
Apr 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite and most unique collections of short stories. Philen is able to convey heart-wrenching moments so you feel like you’re there and IN it. The dialogue is so well done that it reminds you maybe of a conversation you heard or one that you had. I LOVE “Informal letter written…”
Kase Johnstun
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book of short stories!
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Bradford Philen has taught high school English since 2002 in Namibia, New York City, Senegal, China, and is now working in the Philippines. He is the author of the novel AUTUMN FALLS and a short story collection entitled EVERYTHING IS INSHA'ALLAH. His third work of fiction WHEN THE COLOR STARTED is out now with Tailwinds Press. You can find his full list of publications at http://www.bradfordphile ...more

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