In The Press
"They Come in All Colors, a heartbreaker of a debut, tells the story of Huey Fairchild, a boy with secrets—both personal and political—who is trying to find the place where he'll be welcomed, where a boy like him fits. Malcolm Hansen brings this thorny, vital child to life with empathy and grit. He's not writing about saints or monsters, just vivid human beings. And does so with humor and insight. This is an American tale, illustration of a slice of history, but most of all it’s the story of a young man who wishes his own country would make a little room for him."—Victor LaValle, award-winning author of The Changeling and The Ballad of Black Tom
“They Come in All Colors reads less like a coming-of-age tale than a coming-to-life. 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, author of Loving Day and Pym
“It's possible to imagine literary recluses J.D. Salinger and Harper Lee coming out of hiding to forge this shaggy, rakish, yet haunting account of a smart aleck's coming-of-age in harsh times.”—Kirkus
“Incredibly and masterfully written. For a debut, this definitely makes Malcolm Hansen an author to watch.”—SJ Lomas, author of Dream Girl
“A compelling and touching debut novel. Every scene pulls you in to Huey’s journey from child to man against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement.” —Barbara Hendricks, award-winning opera singer, author and humanitarian
"Emotionally acute...eye-opening and rewarding for a wide range of readers."—Library Journal (starred review)
“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, author of Youngblood
“Confident and ambitious debut novel.”—AM New York
Rights Available! Interracial Love Explored in Short Stories
In the wake of Moonlight comes another coming-of-age tale about black masculinity, out in spring 2018. A biracial 13-year-old boy uprooted from his small Georgia hometown to a New York prep school in 1969 faces the effects of racism and his own anger, which threaten his future.
REBECCA FORD and ANDY LEWIS,
Todd Hunter of Atria Books acquired world English rights to Columbia-M.F.A.-graduate Malcolm Hansen’s debut novel, They Come in All Colors. Jaida Temperly of New Leaf Literary & Media did the deal. According to Temperly, the book was pitched as “The Secret Life of Bees meets Paul Beatty” and tells of a “biracial teenage boy whose life in N.Y.C. is disrupted by childhood memories of growing up in the Deep South during the early Civil Rights Movement.” It’s set to be published in spring 2018.
About The Author
Malcolm Hansen was born at the Florence Crittenton Home for Unwed Mothers in Chattanooga, TN. Adopted by two Civil Rights activists, his family lived in Morocco, Spain, Germany, and various parts of the United States. Malcolm left home as a teenager and after two years of high school education, went to Stanford, earning a BA in philosophy. He worked for a few years in the software industry in California before setting off for what turned out to be a decade of living, working, and traveling throughout Central America, South America, and Europe. Malcolm returned to the US to complete an MFA in Fiction from Columbia. He currently lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.