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


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?
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 In fact, it went unpublished for close to 30 years after her death, and this collection was only recently released, b...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...

  • Colleen Fauchelle
    Mar 09, 2017

    I am not very good at reading short stories. I personally like reading long stories.But I really enjoyed these stories. They show what happens behind closed doors.They show you need courage to LiveThe...

  • 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...

  • Subashini
    May 16, 2017

    I loved it. The stories were written in the 70s and 80s but feel fresh, delicate, light-footed. The stories tell the emotional truth but they tell it slant. Collins' background as a filmmaker is evide...

  • 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...

  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    Mar 15, 2017

    This collection of quiet, thoughtful stories is excellent. They offer an unvarnished picture of life in the 1960s, a time of unrest that straddled the ages. I happened to read the stories while I was ...

  • Shirleen R
    Dec 31, 2016

    4.5 - After Mar 25, 2017 reread: My favorite stories:"The Uncle", 'Only Once", Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?", " "Lifelines, "Dead Memories.. Dead Dreams" , and oddly enough, "Documentary Sty...

  • Maggie
    Dec 07, 2016

    First book of 2017.--TFW Abbi Jacobson is the guest judge for Book of the Month Club:...