Synopses & Reviews
Race gender love and sexuality are portrayed beautifully and humanely in this previously unpublished collection of stories from groundbreaking African American filmmaker and civil rights activist Collins who died in 1988 at the age of 46. Drawing on Collins’s career as a filmmaker and playwright the stories incorporate stage directions dramatic monologues and camera eye perspectives that frame the racial tension of the 1960s with both frankness and tenderness. “Exteriors” details a failing relationship from the outside set up as a film scene through a lighting designer’s eye while “Interiors” gives us the inner monologues from the perspectives of the couple in a failed marriage. The title story follows a group of interracial couples as each member explores his/her own identity while trying to fit in with the identity of the other. In the gripping “Only Once” a woman recalls her thrill seeking lover and his final act of recklessness. “The Happy Family” seems happy on the surface but a closer look by the family’s friend reveals the cracks that broke the family apart. Full of candor humor and poise this collection so long undiscovered will finally find the readers it deserves. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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 one of the most anticipated books of the Fall by the Huffington Post, New York, The Boston Globe, Lit Hub, The Millions, and Nylon.com.
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.