Some Soul to Keep

Some Soul to Keep

by J. California Cooper

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Exuberant and heart-warming, J. California Cooper is the embodiment of the simple folk tradition in black writing associated most often with Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. The author of seventeen plays and two novels, it is her stories of black family life in rural and small town America that have achieved the most acclaim and the broadest audience. SOME SOUL TO KEEP is amongst the finest and most enduring of her work.

Cooper writes with a transparent clarity and such high-spirited 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. Cooper is that most rare and wondrous thing: a true storyteller whose tales trace the energies of life itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312193379
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/15/1998
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 266,637
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

J. California Cooper (1931-2014) is the author of two novels, six collections of stories, and seventeen plays. She was honored as the Black Playwright of the Year in 1978 for her play Strangers, and her book Homemade Love was the winner of the American Book Award in 1986. She also received the James Baldwin Writing Award and the Literary Lion Award from the American Library Association.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix(2)
Author's Note xi
Sisters of the Rain
The Life You Live (May Not Be Your Own)
Red-Winged Blackbirds
About Love and Money
Feeling for Life

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Some Soul to Keep 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A relative gave me this book and I had never read anything before from this author. I could not put it down once I started. Although it has been months since I read it, I often think about it and apply some of the underlying life lessons to my own life. Ms. Cooper is truly talented. All the short stories approach different aspects of life from the value of family... to death the importance of love. I recommend this book to anyone (especially women of color) who feel as though they need to reclaim their soul and be reminded of how wonderful life is!
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it. This is my second book by this author, these are short stories, about women who struggle but win in the end, we don't know how strong we are untill tested, loved these stories. I will pass this book on to my friends who also enjoy reading.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. It just touched on so many topics and had me reading one story after another. I really liked the story of the two daughters and the evil mother. This was a excellent book by J.California Cooper once again.