A Failure to Communicate: Stories


A Failure to Communicate: Stories


S. Andrea Allen

"In this thought-provoking kaleidoscope of stories, Allen is witty, angry (which I personally appreciate), wounded, and willing to share from these different angles how the commonality of what’s not said can and does intersect with the lives of women in media, community, and relationships." Lambda Literary Review

In A Failure to Communicate: Stories, S. Andrea Allen has written a memorable collection of stories that capture the universal essence of what it means to love self, other people, and the importance of communication in an array of beautifully imagined relationships and scenarios. These twelve stories speak an undeniable truth in vibrant vignettes of lesbian love, Black history, feminism, abuse, and loss.  - Claudia Moss, author of If You Love Me, Come

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A Failure to Communicate, S. Andrea Allen’s debut collection of short fiction and essays, focuses on a singular theme: communication, and how it, or the lack thereof, impacts Black women’s lives.  The stories range from the humorous to the heartbreaking:  one woman wins a bake-off because her co-worker misunderstands the contest; an overweight woman finally learns to love herself, even though it means leaving her girlfriend; a teenager reflects on his mother's inability to discuss her depression; a woman realizes that her partner has been hiding a gambling addiction, and has to decide whether to help her or save herself. The women in these stories are often silenced, but Allen imbues them with a voice that demands to be heard.

Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0-9972439-4-9

ePub ISBN-13: 978-0-9972439-3-2

Cover design: L. Curry