Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins (Epub)


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  • Published: 2018
  • Number of pages: 192 pages
  • Format: Epub
  • File Size: 0.51 MB
  • Authors: Kathleen Collins


It is the long, hot summer of 1963 and New York is filled with lovers, dreamers and protestors. Young African-American women grow out their hair and discover the taste of new freedoms. Young men, white and black, travel south to fight against segregation, praying for a society in which love is colour-free. Written in the late 1960s and early 1970s but overlooked in Kathleen Collins’s lifetime, these stories mark the debut of a masterful writer whose electrifying voice was almost lost to history.

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⭐ Kathleen Collins is an excellent writer. Every one who likes to read short stories should read this collection of her work. It is just sad that her voice was silenced at such a young age. (She died of breast cancer at age 46 in 1988.) In the 60’s, during the civil rights movement, many young people were expanding boundaries of friendship and love, the title story is about that time. The writing is so unique, like nothing I have read before. It is about people getting along as people, but it is more complex, because we can never be anything but what we are, be it black or be it white, or something else. We can however, ideally, get along with one another.

⭐ This book was really well written. I liked the author’s writing style. She repeated many lines throughout many stories which made it feel more impactful. Kind of like spoken-word or poetry. Lots of the stories had powerful things to say about race, racial identity, race relations, politics, and love (self-love and relationships). I’m so glad I got a chance to read this. I plan on seeing the movie she was involved in before her untimely death.

⭐ Excellent short stories from a lost master, Kathleen Collins. I loved this highly original collection from start to finish, and every line made me want to read more. There’s a depth to the characters, and an intimate quality to the prose, that engaged me from the get-go. I wish Collins had lived longer and we had more work than this relatively slender volume– but what we have is wonderful enough.

⭐ When a reader begins this collection of stories, there’s tension everywhere – shoulders, neck, throat, stomach, behind the eyes, etc. With each story, the tension subsides until it’s gone with only kinship and/or familiarity left in its wake. Black-life in America is always coupled with struggle of some sort for peace (external or internal) because of the color line. These stories capture the gamut comfortably. Nice!

⭐ This book floored me. The variation in form, the direct, honest prose, the heart of it. So many explorations of love (in all its forms) and all that gets in the way (gender, race, wounds). Truly exceptional.

⭐ It’s a wonderful book. New insight on how people viewed love, especially for the era it was written in. Powerful, and very human. The stories feel like they’ve been written by many different people, a testament to how she paid attention to other people and their lives.

⭐ Very interesting short novellas. Surprising to me as I haven’t read many stories like these, if any. Eye opening to me,glad for the experience. I recommend them highly.

⭐ This book treats a unique milieu–the world of the gifted upper-class African-American in the post-civil rights era. Her stories concern failed relationships and trace the edges of racial conflict among people who think they are beyond such trivialities.

⭐ Insightful and brief

⭐ Beautiful book! I love every moment of it. The stories read like amazing poetry!! A must read!!!


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