Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?
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Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?

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Now available in Ecco’s Art of the Story series: a never-before-published collection of stories from a brilliant yet little known African American artist and filmmaker—a contemporary of revered writers including Toni Cade Bambara, Laurie Colwin, Ann Beattie, Amy Hempel, and Grace Paley—whose prescient work has recently resurfaced to wide acclaim

Humorous, poignant, perceptive, and full of grace, Kathleen Collins’s stories masterfully blend the quotidian and the profound in a personal, intimate way, exploring deep, far-reaching issues—race, gender, family, and sexuality—that shape the ordinary moments in our lives.

In “The Uncle,” a young girl who idolizes her handsome uncle and his beautiful wife makes a haunting discovery about their lives. In “Only Once,” a woman reminisces about her charming daredevil of a lover and his ultimate—and final—act of foolishness. Collins’s work seamlessly integrates the African-American experience in her characters’ lives, creating rich, devastatingly familiar, full-bodied men, women, and children who transcend the symbolic, penetrating both the reader’s head and heart.

Both contemporary and timeless, Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? is a major addition to the literary canon, and is sure to earn Kathleen Collins the widespread recognition she is long overdue.

Title:Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?
ISBN:0062484168
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:192 pages

    Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? Reviews

  • Roxane
    Aug 19, 2016

    Elegant collection of stories. Fascinating to read fiction from a black woman about blackness in the early 1960s. There is a real edge, a slyness to many of the stories. And there is always a moment i...

  • Maxwell
    Jan 03, 2017

    Kathleen Collins sadly died at the age of 46, never seeing her own work published. In fact, it went unpublished for close to 30 years after her death, and this collection was only recently released, b...

  • Simon
    Jan 29, 2017

    Just finished this. A pretty damn appropriate book to be reading right now. An incredible collection of short stories from the 1960's that feel current and poignant. They all also have several ways in...

  • Book of the Month
    Dec 01, 2016

    THE VIBE OF 1960S – ONE WOMAN’S TIME CAPSULEBY JUDGE ABBI JACOBSONAt this point in time, I’m finding myself frustrated, concerned, lost and confused at the world around me. It seems like we’re...

  • Steph
    Oct 18, 2016

    There is a rebellious undertone in Collins’ work threading itself through each story. From the daughter who commits the “unforgivable sin of (“Negro”) girlhood” by cutting her hair and there...

  • Karin
    Dec 18, 2016

    Such a vibrant and original collection of stories focused on both race and relationships. Only Once, about a whirlwind relationship, was my personal favorite, and I also found interesting how she wrot...

  • Nina
    Jan 20, 2017

    This collection is full of smart + humorous commentary. I love how Collins comments on bougie black people or on the free-spirited, artistic husband who doesn't acknowledge his wife's labor or commitm...

  • Ally
    Dec 17, 2016

    Born in 1942, Kathleen Collins was a groundbreaking filmmaker, artist, and writer - part of the generation of African Americans, many of whom who were "the firsts" in their fields. Her 1982 film Losin...

  • Shirleen R
    Dec 31, 2016

    4.5 - Will re-read. Favorite stories:"The Uncle", 'Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?", " "Lifelines, "Dead Memories.. Dead Dreams" "Documentary Style" Collins has a magnificent ear for dialogue w...

  • Sara
    Jan 17, 2017

    This newly published collection of stories is a short read, not breathtaking or beautiful, but important because of the freshness and rawness of her perspective. It seems unfiltered, unedited, but Col...