Praise for A Failure to Communicate:


“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

A Failure to Communicate is a collection of essays and short stories crafted with a deft and knowing hand by a talented writer and editor. Allen’s wonderful handling of diverse topics includes elementary school racism, the politics of an office potluck, and picking up the pieces professionally and personally when life decides it has other plans for you. It is a wonderful addition to the canon and to my bookshelf.”- LaToya Hankins, author of SBF Seeking.. and K-Rho: The Sweet Taste of Sisterhood.

In A Failure to Communicate, S. (Stephanie) 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