Short Stories

Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?

by Kathleen Collins

Quick take

Even though these stories were written decades ago, the issues and frustrations of the characters’ lives mimic where we are right now.

Why I love it

At this point in time, I’m finding myself frustrated, concerned, lost and confused at the world around me. It seems like we’re all searching for answers and solutions and trying to find voices that ease our pain and make us feel less alone, even as we take extra care to be open to different points of view.

Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? felt like I dug up a secret time capsule from the 196...

Member thoughts

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  • Karin N.

    Chicago, IL

    "Vibrant and original collection of stories focused on both race and relationships. While the stories are very short she makes the characters come alive despite having only a few pages to do so."

  • Amanda M.

    St Paul, MN

    "I really enjoyed reading about love, and feminism from a different perspective than I normally would. I found this collection of work quite inspiring."

  • Carol Y.

    Princeton, NJ

    "Fresh and unpretentious writing - interesting variety of styles and engaging perspective. So glad these were discovered and got to see the light of day. Good call in puyblishing these stories."

  • Julia J.

    Glenside, PA

    "Really really powerful. Made me think"

  • Annette N.

    Long beach, CA

    "I love her writing styles and the insight she offers as a strong black feminist."

  • Devon S.

    Bagdad , KY

    "An engaging collection of stories of human relationships with themes of gender and race. Some of the stories were absolutely stellar."

  • Vanessa G.

    Warrensburg, MO

    "I loved this book so much. "

  • Amyna D.

    Houston , TX

    "I loved the tone and observational style of this writer. Around the same time, an interracial relationship I was in ended, and the title story hit home to me. It's a classic and necessary book."

  • Megan A.

    Kansas City, MO

    "This lovely book of short stories is so well written. Collins's experience in film is a great influence on her writing style and I love that I'll need to re-read a few of the stories many more times."

  • Helena G.

    Santa Barbara, CA

    "These stories transcend time - they are just as meaningful and powerful now as they were when they were first written. Anyone interested in civil rights and the BLM movement should pick up this book."

  • Kandace S.

    Knoxville, TN

    "I was tortured by how relevant these stories remain decades after being written. Beautiful and relatable. I was sad for this collection to end."