In one of the best-loved volumes of her work, J. California Cooper tells exuberant tales full of wonder at the mystery of life and the hardness of fate. Cooper has emerged as one of the most beloved American writers. She writes with a transparent clarity and such exuberant energy that her characters leap 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. Awed, bedeviled, bemused, all of Cooper's characters are borne up by the sheer power of life itself.
""Cooper's work reminds us of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston."" --Alice Walker
""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
""Gutsy and familiar...Cooper's power comes from sticking to her instinct, which is to tell a story, plain and simple."" --The Washington Post
'Ms. cooper is as down-home as Zora Neale Hurston, thank you, and blooming into as skilled a storyteller. Cooper's characters are the folk heroes of black culture...Tales of triumph that give you reason to keep reading."" --Essence
""These stories are jazzy, clubby, folksy, small towny, populist, perky, and if you don't like them, you must be in an absolutely unshakeable bad mood..."" --Carolyn See, Los Angeles Times
""Both men and women are treated with such bemused love that these tales of passions gone astray are transformed into celebrations of life."" --MS.