Exuberant, poignant, perceptive, and full of grace, these sixteen stories by Kathleen Collins explore deep, far-reaching issues—relating to race, gender, family, and sexuality—that shape the ordinary moments in our lives. Collins’s work masterfully blends the quotidian and the profound in a personal, intimate way, seamlessly integrating the African American experience into her characters’ lives and creating rich and devastatingly familiar characters who transcend symbolism.
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. And in the title story, a recent college graduate realizes the limits of the civil rights movement—and the pesonal and romantic consequences it holds for her.
Both contemporary and timeless, Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? is a major and long-overdue addition to our literary canon.