A Piece of Mine

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Back in print after more than five years, this is the extraordinary first short story collection by the author of Family.
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Overview

Back in print after more than five years, this is the extraordinary first short story collection by the author of Family.
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Editorial Reviews

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"In its strong folk flavor, Cooper's work reminds us of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston...It is a delight to read."
--Alice Walker

"The label 'short' story is a woefully inadequate description of these intensely, explicitly moral tales.  'Parable' is more appropriate.  Cooper's stories are rich in wisdom and insight."
--Belles Lettres

"J. California Cooper is indeed an extraordinary writer...She has the rare quality of a natural storyteller, and her work must carry the highest recommendation.  Definitely a book that's worth reading."
--African Concord (Zimbabwe)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385420877
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1991
  • Pages: 124
  • Sales rank: 233,369
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Reading Group Guide

1. Most of Cooper's stories focus on the challenges that beset women living in desperate circumstances. How does she give these stories a universal resonance, making them appealing to a variety of readers?

2. The search for love is a common theme in the stories. In addition to the romantic relationships between men and women, what other forms of love does Cooper explore?

3. To what extent are Cooper's protagonists role models? Do you think that the stories are meant to convey certain moral or ethical values?

4. In what ways do the stories in The Future Has a Past differ from those in the earlier books? Do the problems--and the dreams--of the characters reflect changes in our society? Why or why not?

5. What do Cooper's novels share with other books, both fiction and nonfiction, that you have read about the Civil War period? Do her descriptions of the relationships between African Americans and whites before and immediately following the war differ from your previous impressions or beliefs? In what ways does Cooper challenge the traditional depiction of the boundaries between slave and master, black and white? Which characters or relationships do you find particularly surprising? Are the white characters as fully developed as the African Americans are?

6. Cooper touches on a wide range of social, economic, and political issues in her writing, including the historical divisions between races and classes; interracial relationships; the significance of complexion in society in general and within the African American community specifically; and the importance of education. What techniques does she use to incorporate these subjects without disrupting the flow of the stories? In what ways can fiction be more effective than nonfiction in revealing the forces that shape our world?

7. In describing Cooper's writing, Alice Walker said, "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." How do these traits mirror classic forms of storytelling, from myths and Biblical parables to the folk stories passed down through oral traditions? Why do you think Cooper may have chosen to use these timeless techniques to tell her stories?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2003

    J. California Couper writes great stories.

    This book is worth the price even if you read no story other than Couper's '$100 and Nothing.' The narrator's voice enthralls readers with Mary's 'rags to riches' story and how her love for a man changed her life. This is one of my two favorite short stories. My high school freshmen say, 'I love it!' and 'What a great story!' Now if a tale evokes those reactions from ninth grade high school students in an age of computer games and movies, you KNOW it has to be good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2000

    a must read

    All the stories will keep you focus on the what the characters will do next..It will make you laugh, cry, and even shout for joy. J. California Cooper is a brilliant writer that has captured the Heart and Souls of Families.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2003

    A SLOW READ

    I FOUND THIS BOOK TO VERY SLOW BUT INTERESTING. COMPARED TO THE OTHER 4BOOKS I HAVE READ BY COOPER I CONSIDERATE THIS BOOK TO BE THE MOST BORING . THE STORIES WERE KIND OF THE SAME SETTING BUT THEY JUST WERENT AS INTERESTING

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