WorldCat Identities

Cooper, J. California

Overview
Works: 31 works in 127 publications in 2 languages and 12,885 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Short stories  History  Parables 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PS3553.O5874, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by J. California Cooper
Family : a novel by J. California Cooper( Book )

17 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in English and Danish and held by 1,631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this wise, beguiling, beautiful novel set in the era of the Civil War, an award-winning playwright and author paints a haunting portrait of a woman named Always, born a slave, and four generations of her African-American family. A slave mother, distraught that her children, sired by her master, might be sold away from her, attempts to poison them all
Life is short but wide by J. California Cooper( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the early twentieth century, Irene and Val build a life for themselves in Wideland while also allowing neighbors Bertha and Joseph to live on their land, and the two families cope with changing times and fortunes
Some love, some pain, sometime by J. California Cooper( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and held by 1,241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten stories on black women sorting out their lives. In Yellow House Road, a mother with 13 children finally leaves her no-good husband and experiences the thrill of having made the right choice, while Sure is a Shame, is on sisters who made the wrong choice
The wake of the wind by J. California Cooper( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 1,024 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on freed slaves after the Civil War. The protagonists are a young couple who buy a ruined plantation and begin to prosper. But racism returns and they have to flee
A piece of mine by J. California Cooper( Book )

12 editions published between 1984 and 1992 in English and held by 969 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Back in print after more than five years, this is the extraordinary first short story collection by the author of Family. From the Trade Paperback edition
Some people, some other place : a novel by J. California Cooper( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 952 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A multigenerational saga chronicles the intertwined lives of the multi-ethnic residents of Dream Street in a town called Place, following one family from the Deep South of 1895, to rural Oklahoma and the industrial Midwest
In search of satisfaction by J. California Cooper( Book )

5 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On an estate outside New York City, Josephus Josephus, a black worker, is forced to make love to his white mistress, Victoria Krupt. The result is a daughter, Yingyang. To assure Yingyang's future, Josephus steals the Krupts' money while poisoning them. By the author of Family
The future has a past : stories by J. California Cooper( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 866 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vinnie is an overworked and self-sacrificing single mother who gets a second chance at love and independence, in "The Eagle Flies." In "A Shooting Star" a happily married mother of two laments the fate of her beautiful friend Lorene, whose naivete about desire has deadly consequences. In "A Filet of Soul," Luella's luck soon changes when her mother leaves her a modest inheritance, but not as soon as she initially imagines. And in "The Lost and Found," Irene confronts her womanizing boyfriend with the one piece of information that will bring him to his knees
Homemade love by J. California Cooper( Book )

7 editions published between 1986 and 1998 in English and held by 797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a collection of stories full of wonder at the mystery of life, the hardness of fate, and the whimsical humor the Lord indulges in
Wild stars seeking midnight suns by J. California Cooper( Book )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 777 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of short fiction focuses on the universal themes of love, hope, family, and home in such tales as "As Time Goes By," "The Eye of the Beholder," and "Catch a Falling Heart."
The matter is life by J. California Cooper( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fourth collection of stories by the award-winning author. From the Trade Paperback edition
Some soul to keep by J. California Cooper( Book )

3 editions published between 1987 and 1997 in English and held by 692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stories of simple and usually poor people, stories of families and fate, of love and marriage, of death and the triumph of the human spirit."
Life is short but wide by J. California Cooper( Recording )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the early twentieth century, Irene and Val fall in love in Wideland, Oklahoma. While carving out a home for themselves, they also allow neighbors Bertha and Joseph to build a house and live on their land. As the families cope with the hardships that come with changing times and fortunes, and people are born and pass away, the characters learn the importance of living one's life boldly and squeezing out every possible moment of joy
Homemade love by J. California Cooper( Recording )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

J. California Cooper tells exuberant tales full of wonder at the mystery of life and the hardness of fate. Awed, bedeviled, bemused, all of Cooper's characters are borne up by the sheer power of life itself
The wake of the wind by J. California Cooper( Recording )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel about freed slaves after the Civil War. The protagonists are a young couple who buy a ruined plantation and begin to prosper. But racism returns and they have to flee
The future has a past : stories by J. California Cooper( Recording )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Min familie by J. California Cooper( Recording )

2 editions published in 1994 in Danish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brewer's Myth and Legend by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Three generations of black women writers( Visual )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Video recording of an event at the California Afro-American Museum on May 5, 1989
J. California Cooper: Wild stars seeking midnight suns by J. California Cooper( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

J. California Cooper first found acclaim as a playwright. The author of seventeen plays, including Strangers, she was named Black Playwright of the Year in 1978. Her work in the theater caught the attention of Alice Walker, the acclaimed poet and novelist, who encouraged her to turn her storytelling skills to fiction. Today, Cooper is the author of seven previous books of short stories, including A Piece of Mine and the American Book Award winner Homemade Love, as well as four novels, most recently Some People, Some Other Place. Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns is a suite of stories that explore the universal themes of love, hope, and family
 
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Family : a novel
Alternative Names
Cooper, Jean California.

Cooper, Joan California

J. California Cooper American playwright, novelist. short story writer

J. California Cooper Amerikaans toneelschrijfster (1931-2014)

Languages
English (119)

Danish (3)

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Life is short but wideSome love, some pain, sometimeThe wake of the windA piece of mineSome people, some other place : a novelIn search of satisfactionThe future has a past : storiesHomemade love