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.
Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Culture/Ethnicity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Legal guardianship; Single parent; Adoption; Interracial; Multicultural; Gay/Lesbian; Bisexuality; grandparents raising grandchildren; single mother; single father; adopted children; two races; multiple cultures; lesbian; bisexual child
Black (African American) / White
love; art; equality; sex; love letters; documentary; societal issues
Collins, Kathleen, "Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?" (2016). Diverse Families. 816.