I first became aware of Kathleen Collins’ work when I encountered her title piece, ‘Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?’ in Granta’s 136th issue, Legacies of Love, a couple of years ago. I remembered it as a beautifully sad exploration of a very promising and hopeful period in black American history. The 1960s was a time of increasing change in legislation benefitting the black community – such as the Civil Rights Act of ’64, which guaranteed equal employment for all and integrated public facilities, the Voting Rights Act of ’65, which banned voter literacy tests, and the Fair Housing Act of ’68, which prevented housing discrimination based on race, sex and religion. People of colour were finally seeing some gains after a long, hard battle for freedom that was still far from over. The sixties, however, also had its setbacks – in ’65 and ’68, two of its major leaders, Malcom X and Martin Luther King, Jr. were assassinated, highlighting the strong, divisive feelings that surrounded (and still do surround) the issue of race in America.