Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins


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 Laurie Colwin, Ann Beattie, Amy Hempel, Lucia Berlin, and Grace Paley—whose prescient work has recently resurfaced to wide acclaim.

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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.

Collins is a true gem, admired by the likes of Toni Morrison, Martha Southgate, Bliss Broyard, Katie Roiphe, Erica Jong, and Ava DuVernay. 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.

Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins