Catch a falling heart” tells of a slyly arranged marriage, and “The Eye of the Beholder” portrays a plain girl’s search for love and her own brand of freedom.
The Matter Is LifeAnchor #ad - A fourth collection of stories by the award-winning author.
Life is Short But WideAnchor #ad - Among them are newlyweds irene and Val, Bertha and Joseph, who graciously allow their neighbors, to build a house on their land. Together the couples have three daughters, all who struggle to find love and success in the changing world. An irresistible story of faith and perseverance, Life Is Short But Wide follows two families as they prove that no matter who you are or what you do, you are never too old to chase your dreams.
Like the small towns J. California cooper has so vividly portrayed in her previous novels, Oklahoma, Wideland, is home to ordinary Americans with big hearts. But although the years may bring hardship and heartache, they also teach the importance of living one’s life boldly and squeezing out every possible moment of joy.
The Future Has a Past: StoriesAnchor #ad - In "a filet of soul, " luella's luck soon changes when her mother leaves her a modest inheritance, but not as soon as she initially imagines. Bursting with earthy wisdom and humor, these warmly engaging tales are a testament to Cooper's gifts as a storyteller. From the beloved author of family and A Piece of Mine comes a dazzling new collection of stories featuring ordinary women who discover that love sometimes comes when you least expect it.
Vinnie is an overworked and self-sacrificing single mother who gets a second chance at love and independence, in "The Eagle Flies. In "a shooting star" a happily married mother of two laments the fate of her beautiful friend Lorene, whose naivete about desire has deadly consequences. And in "the lost and found, " irene confronts her womanizing boyfriend with the one piece of information that will bring him to his knees.
Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime: StoriesAnchor #ad - California cooper has an uncanny ability to reach out to readers like an old and dear friend. Her characters are plain-spoken and direct: simple people for whom life, despite its ever-present struggles, is always worth the journey. In some love, sometime, cooper's characteristic themes of romance, Some Pain, heartbreak, struggle and faith resonate.
We meet darlin, a self-proclaimed femme fatale who uses her wiles to try to find a husband; mlee, whose life seems to be coming to an end at the age of forty until she decides to set out and see if she can make a new life for herself; Kissy and Buddy, both trying and failing to find them until they finally meet each other; and Aberdeen, whose daughter Uniqua shows her how to educate herself and move up in the world.
Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime: Stories #ad - These characters and others offer inspiration, laughter, instruction and pure enjoyment in what is one of J. Whether through her stories or her legendary readings, J. California Cooper's finest story collections.
A Piece of Mine: StoriesAnchor #ad - The extraordinary debut short story collection from the award-winning author of Family and Life is Short But Wide.
Some People, Some Other PlaceAnchor #ad - In and out of school, taking care of her fourteen brothers and sisters, she can see no way out. California Cooper at her irresistible, surprising best. For generations eula too’s family has been making a journey North, year after year, step by painful step; and she’s determined to be the one to make it all the way to Chicago.
Ranging from the deep south at the turn of the century, Some People, to a diverse contemporary town filled with people striving for a better life, Some Other Place is J. But when a new family burden threatens to overwhelm her, she at last leaves for the city, only to find that her life gets even tougher.
In Search of Satisfaction: A NovelAnchor #ad - In yoville, "a legal town-ship founded by the very rich for their own personal use, " a freed slave named Josephus fathers two daughters, Ruth and Yinyang, by two different women. His desire to give Yinyang and himself money and opportunities oozes through the family like an elixir. In seeking the legacy left by their father, Ruth and Yinyang pull each other, their families, and their Yoville neighbors into a vortex of ever-powerful emotion.
With in search of satisfaction, some good and others wickedly twisted, Cooper gracefully portrays men and women, caught in their individual thickets of want and need on a once-grand plantation.
FamilyAnchor #ad - In this wise, and beautiful novel set in the era of the Civil War, beguiling, award-winning playwright and author J. California cooper paints a haunting portrait of a woman named Always and four generations of her African-American family.
The Darkest ChildSoho Press #ad - She has a chance to change her life, but can she break from Rozelle’s grasp without ruinous—even fatal—consequences? Rozelle—beautiful, charismatic, and light-skinned—exercises a violent hold over her children. But tangy mae has been selected to be part of the first integrated class at a nearby white high school.
Pakersfield, georgia, 1958: Thirteen-year-old Tangy Mae Quinn is the sixth of ten fatherless siblings. She is the darkest-skinned among them and therefore the ugliest in her mother, Rozelle’s, estimation, but she’s also the brightest. Fearing abandonment, or at “the farmhouse” on the edge of town, in the fields, she pulls them from school at the age of twelve and sends them to earn their keep for the household, whether in domestic service, where Rozelle beds local men for money.
Tar BabyVintage #ad - Ravishingly beautiful and emotionally incendiary, Tar Baby is Toni Morrison’s reinvention of the love story. Jadine childs is a black fashion model with a white patron, a white boyfriend, and a coat made out of ninety perfect sealskins. Son is a black fugitive who embodies everything she loathes and desires.
As morrison follows their affair, which plays out from the Caribbean to Manhattan and the deep South, masters and servants, she charts all the nuances of obligation and betrayal between blacks and whites, and men and women.