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Author: Kathleen Collins Narrator: Nina Lorez Collins, Cherise Boothe, Paula J. Parker, Desean Terry, Dan Woren Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2016 ISBN: 9780062674852
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sensuous and immediate, the sixteen slim, elliptical stories are built upon elegantly captured moments.”


  • “Full of candor, humor, and poise, this collection, so long undiscovered, will finally find the readers it deserves.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Collins’ prose is so precise and hypnotic that no amount of rereading it feels like enough. Astonishing and essential. A gem.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “This previously unpublished collection of her stories will have many readers wishing they’d seen her work before…Acute and lucidly rendered.”

    Library Journal

  • “An intriguing and bittersweet publication of these stories long awaiting the attention they deserve.”


  • “Collins’ stories are passionate and light-footed, angry but also delicate…She’s deliciously funny. She speaks of the many-sided lives of black women with care and intelligence.”

    Zadie Smith, winner of the Orange Prize for fiction

  • “The stories collected here are witty and revealing, and together constitute an unearthed gem of black women’s fiction.”

    Henry Louis Gates Jr., author of And Still I Rise

  • “A sharp, clear, unsentimental vision of race in the sixties, the mingling of politics and desire, the search for place that will be both exotic and familiar to modern readers.”

    Katie Roiphe, author of The Violet Hour

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About the Author

Kathleen Collins (1942–1988) was an African-American playwright, writer, filmmaker, director, and educator from Jersey City. She was the first black woman to produce a feature-length film.

About the Narrators

Cherise Boothe, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, has worked extensively in theater, film, television, and narration. She has appeared in numerous regional plays, as well as in television shows such as The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU, and Gossip Girl. She holds an MFA in acting from New York University. She was a finalist in 2015 for the prestigious Audie Award for best multivoiced narration.

Dan Woren is an American voice actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has worked extensively in animation, video games, and feature films. He is best known for his many roles in anime productions such as Bleach and as the voice of Sub-Zero in the video game Mortal Kombat.