Family by J. California CooperFamily by J. California Cooper


byJ. California Cooper

Paperback | December 1, 1991

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In this wise, beguiling, and beautiful novel set in the era of the Civil War, award-winning playwright and author J. California Cooper paints a haunting portrait of a woman named Always and four generations of her African-American family.
J. California Cooper is the author of several novels, including Some People, Some Places, and six collections of stories. She was honored as Black Playwright of the Year, and her work received the American Book Award, the James Baldwin Writing Award, and the Literary Lion Award from the American Library Association. She died in 2014.
Title:FamilyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.6 inPublished:December 1, 1991Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385411723

ISBN - 13:9780385411721


Bookclub 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.US

From Our Editors

Much has been written about the institution of slavery. But with Family, Cooper has taken the slave narrative and recreated it as an epic, yet collo quial, poem. "Mesmerizing . . . Cooper weaves four wry, humorous, tragic tales that envelop and transcend time, offering hope and renewal at the same time they chronicle desolation and death".--San Francisco Chronicle. (Anchor)Januar

Editorial Reviews

"Many novels have been written about slavery, but this one is original, stirring, vividly personal and painfully intense." —Los Angeles Times "The sort of book that ought to be read out loud. Both eerie and saddening, [and] filled with tragedies, it is also about survival. In its strong rhythms and colloquial expression, this book is a living woman's monologue." —The New York Times Book Review "What most distinguishes Family . . . is the persistant affirmation of the power of the human spirit to do battle with evil—and to win, even if only for a while." —Chicago Tribune "What a voice. . . . Cooper celebrates family, freedom, perseverance, life, and . . . powerful voices finally heard." —The Atlanta Constitution“With power and grace, Cooper weaves the dialect, styles and myths of the South into a portrait of the hell that was slavery.... Masterful.”—Publishers Weekly