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Publisher's Summary

Critics have compared her work to that of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, but J. California Cooper has a warm, witty style that’s definitely her own. Each of her short stories is a gem of downhome wisdom, polished with a bit of gossip, some heartbreak, and lots of humor.
In "Funny Valentines" a "simple" woman draws one heart on Valentine’s Day and divides it among the people she loves, until all but one of them lies in the cemetery. "Living" portrays a man in midlife crisis who leaves his loving wife and pleasant country home for a taste of high city living and returns with a new perspective on life. "Spooks" is the tongue-in-cheek tale of a man who masquerades as a ghost in order to outsmart an unscrupulous suitor and win the heart of a vulnerable widow.
Sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and always touching, J. California Cooper’s characters enlighten us and enrich us as they find love in unlikely places. The warm narrations will give listeners a sense of chatting with nosy but well-meaning neighbors over the back fence.
©1986 J. California Cooper (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"Told in first-person, in a lively, unobtrusive black dialect, these tales, set in both country and city, are lit with wisdom and high-spirited humor." ( Publishers Weekly)
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By Kimberly Simmons on 03-18-16

comforting.. .

i read this book as a child, ironically while home with a broken leg. 24 yrs later, i get to enjoy this again while recovering from knee surgery. a bit of my childhood to enjoy again. the stories are great symbols of love and devotion to loving the person, the kind of love we long for but rarely find.

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By Alva Hines on 09-28-15

This was great

This was an excellent performance. 😊 I truly enjoyed the readings from each voice.

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