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In Search of Satisfaction

In Search of Satisfaction

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by J. California Cooper

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The folk flavor of her storytelling has earned her  constant comparison to Langston Hughes and Zora  Neale Hurston, but through four collections of  short stories and two novels, J. California Cooper  has proven that hers is a wholly original talent  --one that embraces readers in an ever-widening  circle


The folk flavor of her storytelling has earned her  constant comparison to Langston Hughes and Zora  Neale Hurston, but through four collections of  short stories and two novels, J. California Cooper  has proven that hers is a wholly original talent  --one that embraces readers in an ever-widening  circle from one book to the next. With In  Search Of Satisfaction, Cooper  gracefully portrays men and women, some good and others  wickedly twisted, caught in their individual  thickets of want and need. On a once-grand plantation  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,  melding with the equally strong yearnings of  Yoville's other residents, whose tastes don't  complement their neighbors'. What Josephus buries in his  life affects generations to come. J. California  Cooper's unfettered view of sin, forgiveness, and  redemption gives In Search Of  Satisfaction a singular richness that belies its  universal themes.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cooper details a family saga in which two half-sisters attempt to come to grips with their father's legacy. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Cooper's newest work may provoke strong emotions but not much sympathy for the often misguided townspeople of Yoville, where Josephus, a freed slave, schemes to gain money and seek opportunities for himself and his daughter, Yinyang. Readers may be disgusted by the unbelievable display of greed, best exemplified by Carlene-the queen of avarice-or bored by the sometimes irritatingly didactic tone. On the other hand, they will relish Cooper's credible rendition of Southern speech patterns, for which she has been heartily praised. Although readers "in search of satisfaction" may not find it here, they should still scrutinize this award-winning author's earlier works, including, most recently, The Matter Is Life (LJ 6/1/91) and Family (LJ 12/90).-Faye A. Chadwell, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia
Mary Carroll
The author's note that opens Cooper's new novel declares: "I cannot think of anyone . . . who is not in search of satisfaction." Most readers would agree. But the several generations of characters (black and white, rich and poor) who populate Cooper's fictional Yoville have various definitions of what they need, and they use both good and evil tools to meet those needs. As in "Family" and the short stories in "The Matter Is Life" (both 1991), Cooper's compassionate but demanding moral vision animates her fiction. In a voice that blends elements of oral history, fable, and parable, her intrusive, judgmental, sometimes almost incantatory narrator tells stories of the descendants of an ex-slave named Josephus Josephus from the years after the Civil War to the late 1920s, as well as those descendants' often surprising involvements with the rich but troubled white family who dominates the town. Josephus' children (and his grandchildren) fall on both sides of the color line; they--and members of the wealthy Befoe family--sometimes choose the path of God and sometimes the ways of Satan. After a slow start, Cooper's latest inexorably involves the reader in the moral dilemmas and decisions of its well-developed characters.
From the Publisher
"Cooper' 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 writes  about small-town life with a verve that nearly bursts off the page."

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In Search of Satisfaction 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book all the time.... Please have someone read along with you, you will have to have someone to discuss it with.... This book is great for any adult to read... You will be truly satisfied! J California Cooper is definetly one of my favorite authors..
Aginah Shaw More than 1 year ago
she is the only author i buy without having to read the back cover. excellent writer
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I need to get in touch with 'me' this is the book I reach for. Everyone can relate to a character in this book. Makes us all wonder what we are truly doing everyday!
JRowe More than 1 year ago
J. California Cooper is a great author. I could not put this book down.. I would recommend this book to anyone! Loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a J. California Cooper fan for over ten years. This is one of my 'favorite of all times' book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
California Cooper is just superb. I still think about the first few lines of this book all of the time. They have become like a mantra for me. Truly, everything on the earth is in search of satisfaction. In this book Cooper weaves an intricate tale of how various individuals reach this goal. This is her best work. I am lucky enough to have an autographed copy which I will treasure always. Cheers Cooper.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed every moment, the characters were full of life and all it has to offer. The lessons in the book relate to every day life. A page turner once you get started you will not want to put the book down. I enjoyed this book even more the second time around.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story are for those who are searching for something but all along it was right there and you overlooked it. I have read all her books and have enjoyed them all! I would read them all again.
Cooperlover More than 1 year ago
J. California Cooper does it again. Whether you are a fan or not, this book would be a great addition to ny library.
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While I appreciate that we are all in search of satisfaction & think this premise holds tremendous posibility for a great read, this wasn't it. Stopped after the first 60 pages. Can't believe I paid almost $12 for this. I was bored & not keen on the moralistic "devil" device. Found the part I managed to read simplistic, self righteous, and without a sympathetic character to relate to. The negativity towards humanity was depressing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too vulgar! Extreme weirdness!Purchased because of my earlier readings, but this just was not the Cooper I remember .
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SUG-AND-SPICE-LADY-GODIVA More than 1 year ago
Once again I am pleased to say that J. California Cooper is an outstanding author. "In Search of Satisfaction" is a remarkable story. Its so intense and a touching story that once you start reading, you wont be able to stop. As always Cooper's books are so memorable. I love and enjoy reading all of her books so much, that she will remain in my personal library for years to come.
ValMEM More than 1 year ago
A good book and a fast read; a story of the descendants of a freed slave, and a rich white family in a small town. The devil lurks at every corner in this book, as some of the characters search for simple comfort and happiness, and others are consumed with greed and wealth. There were a lot of characters to keep up with, but all were very interesting, each in search of something.....
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was beautifully written. I love the way she interperses God and the Devil. I love her characters, they seemed to jump from the pages. You may find tears of saddness and joy falling from your eyes. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book!!!! I have read a lot of books and this has been one of the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
J. California-Cooper is absolutely brilliant! I have read ALL of her books and were extremely impressed. I read 'In Search of Satisfaction' a few years ago and was hooked. I am a true fan. I can't wait for her to write something else. She is truly talented and is definitely in the league of Toni Morrison and Alice Walker.
Guest More than 1 year ago
J. California Cooper is a prolific author. I am an avid reader, and I've read all of Ms Cooper's works and this one is the best books I've ever read. She has a gift and uses it well. It is extremely well written and the message has universal appeal that is timeless regardless of the reader's gender, sex, or age. It is a phenomenal work! I recommend it to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book of Cooper that I had the pleasuare to read. I just couldn't put it down. Witness this powerful writing style and be touched.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book and could not put it down. At work my friends and I talk about the characters in the book like they are real life people. I recommend this book to everyone.