Some Soul to Keep

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Critical Praise for J. California Cooper:

"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." --Alice Walker

"Cooper's stories beckon. It's as 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.

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Overview

Critical Praise for J. California Cooper:

"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." --Alice Walker

"Cooper's stories beckon. It's as 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 is humorous, wise, self-deprecating, and always expressive...her stories are about simple truths told with great energy that makes them shine." --Kirkus Reviews

"The stories are wonderful, very human tales that sparkle with warmth, humor, and, often, revenge." --Library Journal

"Cooper's stories dramatize the wages of sin and the rewards of patience, as well as the occasional sweet taste of revenge." --Chicago Tribune

"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

J. California Cooper writes with a transparent clarity and such exuberant energy that her characters leap off the page, bursting with 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Terry McMillan
The five tales here are all told in the first person; they give you the feeling that you're sitting on the front porch with the narrator, somewhere in the South; it's hot and humid, she's snapping beans, you're holding the bowl and she's giving you the inside scoop on everybody. You listen, pass her back the bowl and don't know whether to believe her. In their own gossipy, circuitous, roundabout way, the stories enchant you because they are not stories; they are the truth reconstructed....The major problem with these tales is that each is somewhat didactic. One also has to adjust to Ms. Cooper's no-nonsense style, told in the oral tradition, but with a fablelike quality, often with the moral waiting for you at the end. The narrators can be intrusive, the voice doesn't alter from one story to the next and the excessive use of exclamation points is enough to get on your nerves. After reading ''Some Soul to Keep,'' you feel lucky to have entered the worlds of a few poor black women and their families who don't cry or whine about their condition, but are set on figuring out how to get on with their lives. -- New York Times
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"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." --Alice Walker

"Cooper's stories beckon. It's as 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 is humorous, wise, self-deprecating, and always expressive...her stories are about simple truths told with great energy that makes them shine." --Kirkus Reviews

"The stories are wonderful, very human tales that sparkle with warmth, humor, and often, revernge." --Library Journal

"Cooper's stories dramatize the wages of sin and the rewards of patience, as well as the occasional sweet taste of revenge." --Chicago Tribune

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312006846
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1987
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 192

Meet the Author

J. California Cooper is the author of two novels, four collections of stories, and seventeen plays. Her book Homemade Love was the winner of the American Book Award in 1989, and she has been honored as the Black Playwright of the Year. She has also received the James Baldwin Writing Award and the Literary Lion Award from the American Library Association. Ms. Cooper lives in California.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Author's Note
Sisters in 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2003

    Looking at life from a different angle!

    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 ...to 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!

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it. This is my se

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2003

    Interesting to the end

    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.

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