December is a grim month for publishing, with all eyes focused on the big spring releases. But we’ve mined the available books and found some true gems, including long-forgotten short stories, sharp essays, and cozy novels. There’s something for everyone, a little literature to throw light on the darkest month of the year.
Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?, Kathleen Collins
This book, by the pioneering director of Losing Ground, is compiled from stories her daughter dug out of her trunk. It’s been on my “can’t miss” shelf for months and is already generating discussion; Dwight Garner writes that “two or three of her stories are so sensitive and sharp and political and sexy I suspect they will be widely anthologized.”