"Collins touches on race, sexuality, and family matters in ways that blur the lines between catalyst and coincidence. Everything she's written feels like it has happened, or is happening, or will happen soon, and that shook me deeply. Perhaps it's because, as my mom always says, everything comes back into style; Collins' stories—written in the 70s—feel like a testament to that. My favorites: 'How Does One Say,' 'Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?,' 'Lifelines,' and 'Dead Memories...Dead Dreams.'"
“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, and Publishers Weekly 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.