Some Love, Some Pain, Some Time: Stories

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Whether through her stories or her legendary readings, J. California Cooper has an uncanny ability to reach out to readers like an old and dear friend.  Her characters are plain-spoken and direct: simple people for whom life, despite its ever-present struggles, is always worth the journey.

In Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime, Cooper's characteristic themes of romance, heartbreak, struggle and faith resonate.  We meet Darlin, a self-proclaimed femme fatale who ...

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Overview

Whether through her stories or her legendary readings, J. California Cooper has an uncanny ability to reach out to readers like an old and dear friend.  Her characters are plain-spoken and direct: simple people for whom life, despite its ever-present struggles, is always worth the journey.

In Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime, Cooper's characteristic themes of romance, heartbreak, struggle and faith resonate.  We meet Darlin, a self-proclaimed femme fatale who uses her wiles to try to find a husband; MLee, whose life seems to be coming to an end at the age of forty until she decides to set out and see if she can make a new life for herself; Kissy and Buddy, both trying and failing to find them until they finally meet each other; and Aberdeen, whose daughter Uniqua shows her how to educate herself and move up in the world.

These characters and others offer inspiration, laughter, instruction and pure enjoyment in what is one of J. California Cooper's finest story collections.

Employing her characteristic themes of romance, heartbreak, struggle, and faith, this collection by the award-winning author of Homemade Love offers inspiration, laughter, instruction, and pure enjoyment. "(Cooper's) power comes from sticking to her instinct, which is to tell a story, plain and simple."--The Washington Post.

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"Cooper's stories beckon. It is 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] 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

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The heroines in Cooper's latest collection of lively, charming stories after The Matter is Life reaffirm the centrality of romantic, committed relationships in the lives of many African American women. Cooper, whose 1989 collection, Homemade Love won the American Book Award, offers an array of fairy tales in which downtrodden Cinderella types eventually win their Prince Charmings. Though these women possess a certain innocence, both of happiness and of passion, they fall outside the conventional ingenue mold, often being middle-aged or older. The 10 stories here generally chronicle their characters' efforts to resurrect their lives after suffering harsh losses. Although the quest for a suitable husband dominates, these women also seek control over their destinies. They change their names, start pampering themselves in small ways and, through hard labor, achieve financial independence. The stories unfold in various American cities during the present day, but exact settings are left vague. Cooper's spirited use of the first person makes every tale engaging, even if the uniformity of voice makes the narrators largely indistinguishable. With thematic concerns tending to take precedence over technique, the author unabashedly indulges our romantic sensibilities. In these tales, a good man may be hard to find-but he is definitely worth both the search and the wait. Author tour. Oct.
Library Journal
Strongly, deliberately reminiscent of conversations over backyard fences, Cooper's genial, heartful new stories feature poor to middle-class black women reflecting on friends and neighbors much like themselves. The signature first-person monologs tell of women's perseverance in the face of economic and emotional hardship, both usually caused by fickle, selfish men, and of the recurrent-and sometimes fruitful-search for real love. A consistently natural vernacular enlivens these tales; readers familiar with black talk or with Cooper's other works, e.g., In Search of Satisfaction LJ 9/1/94, will enjoy the engaging, comfortable rhythms and speech patterns. That most of these stories are little differentiated from one another in either form or content may frustrate nonfans, but most public libraries should acquire this winning if repetitive collection by a well-regarded author.-Janet Ingraham, Worthington P.L., Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385467889
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 238,341
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Introduction

In her acclaimed novels and short stories, J. California Cooper portrays the lives of African Americans, bringing to light the impact of history, social and economic hardship, and enduring cultural strengths on the experiences of individuals and families. The questions, discussion topics, suggested reading list, and author biography that follow are designed to enhance your group's discussion of her works, which range across time and place but share the passion, humor, and wisdom that mark J. California Cooper as one of the most original and engaging storytellers of our time.

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Foreword

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 withoutdisrupting 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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Reading Group Guide

In her acclaimed novels and short stories, J. California Cooper portrays the lives of African Americans, bringing to light the impact of history, social and economic hardship, and enduring cultural strengths on the experiences of individuals and families. The questions, discussion topics, suggested reading list, and author biography that follow are designed to enhance your group's discussion of her works, which range across time and place but share the passion, humor, and wisdom that mark J. California Cooper as one of the most original and engaging storytellers of our time.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2008

    Must Read. . . My Favorite Time and Time Again

    I first read this book many years ago when going through some ups and downs. I pull it out an re-read at least once a year. This is one of those books that will inspire and lift your spirits regardless of what you may be going through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2002

    Untouchable

    A close friend introduced me to J. California Cooper some time ago and I have been hooked ever since. Her books make me feel as though I am sitting at her feet while she is telling me a good story. Buy and Enjoy ! You deserve it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2002

    THE GENERATIONAL WRITER

    This was the first time in my life that a writer made me feel as though I knew them. A friend gave it to me while going through a though time in my life and I couldn't thank her enough. Your books will be passed on through my entire family and generations after.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2002

    SHE'S DONE IT AGAIN

    Ms. Cooper knows how women feel at every angle. I love picking this book up and reading it when something is bothering me or I'm feeling discouraged. Its like sippin'on a glass of iced tea and sittin' at the kitchen table with a dear dear friend. After you read her books I guarantee that you will realize that the big problems you think you have are really not that big at all. These books are so uplifting. You learn something that you can use as a tool for the rest of your life. I love Ms. Cooper's work!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2001

    Life-changin' and soul-stirrin'

    This is the best reading that I've done in many ages. Ms. Cooper has a gift of touching the soul of a woman and inspiring her to hope, to love, to dream.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Thx i gtgtb bbt

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    Posted October 28, 2012

    Iceheart

    DX(turn yer nook side ways. Sad face it is supossed to be.) NOOOO! SHIMMERSTAR! AWESOME STORY"

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    Posted October 28, 2012

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    Good but lots of death

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    Blueshine's Chapter 9

    Bluepaw ran after Blackpaw after a quick thank you qith Mistyheart. She made it back to camp and saw in horror a battle. LoveClan verses CrystalClan. Blackpaw was already in a fight with Windsolo a Loveclan tom with orange on his white fur. Windsolo was winning. She leapt onto Windsolo. "Leave my friend alone!!" She yowled. Windsolo growled and flung her off. She hit a tree and fell to the ground. She limped up and tackled another apprentice, Pearlpaw who was a white she cat with blue eyes. Pearlpaw was a snob to CrystalClan and she was a Loveclan apprentice. Pearlpaw yowled when Bluepaw attacked her. She sliced and cut desperately and bluepaw ended up getting a scar on her face. Bluepaw yowled in pain and blood gushed down the side of her face. She was in alot of pain. Pearlpaw pinned her down and was about to cut her neck and Bluepaw saw Cloudpelt watching. He was smirking. Yeah hez real loyal. She thought sourly. Bluepaw sliced Pearlpaws throat and leapt to her feet. She ran to save Greentail. He was messing with a warrior because Loveclans deputy was already dead. The warrior was Dragonleaf. He was tough and Greentail was loosing. "No!!!!" She yowled and pounced on Dragonleaf. She sliced his eyes and then sliced his throat and ran to Greentail he was dying. "No...Greentail!" She sobbed. "Watch out for Cloudpelt..." he muttered and died. She yowled in agony and she saw a shadow. Cloudpelt. She hissed and he growled rudely and she sliced his eyes. He stumbled and she ran to Shimmerstar where Lovestar was killing her. Spottedpaw, CrystalClans medicine she kit apprentice, had told Bluepaw and Blackpaw she was on her last life and Spottedpaw told blackpaw qho told her that Lovestar was on her last life too. "No!!! Shimmerstar!!!" She rushed over to the fighting leaders and then......SLASH!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2001

    A Must Read For All Women Of Color - Life, Love

    This is a story of learning to love, being loved and defining love ... 'Some love, Some pain, Some time' is ideal for all women but I found that as a single women that love is not as cut and dry as we read in Webster's Dictionary ... no it's much more; J California Cooper explores variations of love ... 'true' love; you have to learn to love yourself before you can love anyone else. Know what you want for yourself. Don't rely on others to provide you with happiness, your joy is your responsibility.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 1999

    GREAT READING!!!!!

    Ms. Cooper has managed to capture the love and overcomingness of the Black women in these short stories. They entertain and inspire. For all the read!!!

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