Some Soul to Keep

J. California Cooper

St. Martin's Griffin

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J.California Cooper writes with a transparent clarity and such exuberant energy that her characters leaop off the page, bursting with the stories they've got to tell--stories of simple people, stories of families and fate, of love and marriage, of death and the triumph of the human spirit. Cooper is that most rare and wondrous thing: a true storyteller whose tales trace the energies of life itself.

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"Her style is deceptively simple and direct, and the vale of tears in which her characters reside is never so deep that a rich chuckle at a foolish person's foolishness cannot be heard." --Alice Walker

"Cooper's stories beckon. It's as if she is patting the seat next to her, enticing us to come sit and listen as she tells complex tales about women, often poor women, chasing dreams of love, a house, and a family." --Ms.

"Cooper is humorous, wise, self-deprecating, and always expressive...her stories are about simple truths told with great energy that makes them shine." --Kirkus Reviews

"The stories are wonderful, very human tales that sparkle with warmth, humor, and often, revernge." --Library Journal

"Cooper's stories dramatize the wages of sin and the rewards of patience, as well as the occasional sweet taste of revenge." --Chicago Tribune

"Cooper knows how to 'talk' her stories to us, as though each of them is told by a kindly and concerned friend. The sound of them is lovely, memorable, haunting." --San Francisco Chronicle

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J. California Cooper

J. California Cooper is the author of two novels, four collections of stories, and seventeen plays. Her book Homemade Love was the winner of the American Book Award in 1989, and she has been honored as the Black Playwright of the Year. She has also received the James Baldwin Writing Award and the Literary Lion Award from the American Library Association. Ms. Cooper lives in California.

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Some Soul to Keep
J. California Cooper

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
October 1998
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312193379
ISBN10: 0312193378
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages
$17.99
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