Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?

Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?

Stories

Book - 2016
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These short stories, discovered only recently, highlight Collins's masterfully blend of the personal issues-- race, gender, family, and sexuality-- with the ordinary moments that shape our lives. Also known as an artist and filmmaker, her stories create full-bodied men, women, and children who justify their lives while integrating the African American experience without becoming symbols or token images.
A never-before-published collection of stories from Kathleen Collins.
Publisher: New York :, Ecco,, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062484154
006248415X
Characteristics: xv, 175 pages : 21 cm

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uncommonreader
Aug 01, 2017

Kathleen Collins was a filmmaker and activist during the struggle for civil rights. Her stories, written in the 1960s and 1970s, went unpublished for decades. Although the collection is a little uneven and some stories are more like ideas for films, overall I found them to be interesting and fresh. Some stories are very good.

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lostintheshelves
May 17, 2017

The short stories in this collection seem more akin to poems than novels; each is built deftly on a single idea, and author Collins make masterful use of repetition to convey her character's thoughts and disappointments. Many describe black bohemian life in the 1960s, or explore the interior lives of the northern black bourgeoisie, who grapple with internalized colorism and the changing mores of the civil rights era. The collection is extremely varied, but "The Happy Family" is the one that stayed with me longest.

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Frybyte
Mar 08, 2017

She is getting a lot of attention right now. This collection is much more adventurous than I expected - that's good.
This is good. The attention seems deserved- I will be recommending this to friends.

LPL_MeredithW Jan 21, 2017

An absolutely masterful collection of short stories - the title story is the clear standout, but there isn't a weak link in the bunch. I made myself read this over the course of several days so that I could better savor its beauty.

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