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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.
Her voice is sharp and sophisticated but leavened by vulnerability and self-deprecation.” — Wall Street Journal “Fiercely honest and refreshingly candid.” — In Style “The writing is practically visceral; straightforward and crisp, leaving you wanting more and thinking about what you just read.” — Book Riot “Each one of these stories will take you somewhere deep and familiar, the kind of writing that makes the world around you fade away.” — Bustle “This previously unpublished collection of her stories will have many readers wishing they’d seen her work before... With a quick but searing touch of the brush, Collins crosses racial, gender, and generational divides, and her readers will, too.” — Library Journal “This previously unpublished collection of her stories will have many readers wishing they’d seen her work before.
I adored this book.” — Zadie Smith, author of Swing Time “Sexy and radical and intimate.” — Miranda July, author of The First Bad Man “Sharp, tender, and precise--full of wit and pleasure.
Reading [Collins] feels likes eavesdropping on an electric historical moment from a secret perch just above the kitchen table.
“From the first page you know you're in the hands of an exceptional writer…
I adored this book.” —Zadie Smith“Sexy and radical and intimate.” —Miranda July Named a Best Book of 2016 by VICE, Elle, Nylon, and Publishers Weekly Named one of the most anticipated books of the fall by the Huffington Post, New York, The Boston Globe, Lit Hub, and The Millions 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.
Both contemporary and timeless, “From the first page you know you’re in the hands of an exceptional writer...
Collins’ stories are passionate and light-footed, angry but also delicate - they move like quicksilver... She speaks of the many-sided lives of black women with care and intelligence.
— Daphne Merkin “Kathleen Collins has the dramatist’s gift for multiple voices and viewpoints...
How well she understands mixed motives, emotions and bloodlines. Elective and compulsive affinities, both intellectual and erotic. And how lucky we are to have these stories.” — Margo Jefferson, author of Negroland “This book is one of the most eloquent statements I have read of what it was like to be black and young and alive in the 1960s.
I applaud its publication.” — Vivian Gornick, author of “It is a delightful literary discovery that the creator of the landmark film, ‘Losing Ground,’ also turned her hand to 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 “Collins can work wonders with a single line...[her] voice is so original...
In “Only Once,” a woman reminisces about her charming daredevil of a lover and his ultimate—and final—act of foolishness.