Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?

Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?

Stories

Book - 2016
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A collection of newly found stories by the late playwright and filmmaker explores race, gender, family, and sexuality.

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“From the first page you know you're in the hands of an exceptional writer… I adored this book.” —Zadie Smith

“Sexy and radical and intimate.” —Miranda July

Named a Best Book of 2016 by VICE, Elle, Nylon, Publishers Weekly and NPR

Named one of the most anticipated books of the fall by the Huffington Post, New York, The Boston Globe, Lit Hub, and The Millions

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.



Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062484154
006248415X
Branch Call Number: Fiction Col
Characteristics: 175 pages : 21 cm

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uncommonreader
Aug 01, 2017

Kathleen Collins was a filmmaker and activist during the struggle for civil rights. Her stories, written in the 1960s and 1970s, went unpublished for decades. Although the collection is a little uneven and some stories are more like ideas for films, overall I found them to be interesting and fresh. Some stories are very good.

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lostintheshelves
May 17, 2017

The short stories in this collection seem more akin to poems than novels; each is built deftly on a single idea, and author Collins make masterful use of repetition to convey her character's thoughts and disappointments. Many describe black bohemian life in the 1960s, or explore the interior lives of the northern black bourgeoisie, who grapple with internalized colorism and the changing mores of the civil rights era. The collection is extremely varied, but "The Happy Family" is the one that stayed with me longest.

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Frybyte
Mar 08, 2017

She is getting a lot of attention right now. This collection is much more adventurous than I expected - that's good.
This is good. The attention seems deserved- I will be recommending this to friends.

LPL_MeredithW Jan 21, 2017

An absolutely masterful collection of short stories - the title story is the clear standout, but there isn't a weak link in the bunch. I made myself read this over the course of several days so that I could better savor its beauty.

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