No Words Wasted Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Required Reading | January 16, 2015

    Required Reading: Books That Changed Us



    We tend to think of reading as a cerebral endeavor, but every once in a while, it can spur action. The following books — ranging from... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$7.50
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Literature- A to Z

Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns: Stories

by

Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns: Stories Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A marvelous and satisfying suite of stories exploring the universal themes of love, hope, home, and family from celebrated author J. California Cooper.

In stories that are simple yet elegant, hard-hitting yet poignant, J. California Cooper writes about the search for fulfillment that propels people's dreams and desires. In "As Time Goes By" a young woman named Futila Ways grows up focusing her dream of a better future on material wealth, only to discover that having everything she ever wanted cannot compensate for the emptiness in her heart. "The Eye of the Beholder" recounts the story of an unattractive young girl, Lily Bea, whose search for love leads her to embrace her own brand of freedom. And in "Catch a Falling Heart" a woman mildly crippled in a fall endures loneliness and solitude until she finds a man and provides a resting place for his love. Each story beautifully conveys the profound human need to seek some sort of satisfaction, just as a wild star seeks a midnight sun.

J. California Cooper's insights into the hearts and souls of ordinary people and her irresistible storytelling voice have endeared her to fans and critics. As Ms. magazine wrote, "Cooper's stories beckon. It is as if she is patting the seat next to us, enticing us to come sit and listen."

Review:

"An acclaimed novelist (Some People, Some Other Place), playwright (Strangers) and short story writer (Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime), Cooper checks in with a collection of stories that shine a spotlight on the lives of invisible women. Her characters are confined, whether by poverty and degradation, or by narcissism and the trappings of success, and they long for satisfaction and deliverance. In 'In the Eye of the Beholder,' Lily Bea, an ugly duckling, grows up into a graceful woman with an innate love of beauty that may not do her much good, while Harriet, a damaged hotel proprietress in 'Catch a Falling Heart,' struggles toward a better life using whatever or whoever is at hand. Fulfillment, when it happens, comes in the trappings of a good man or a home of their own and the economic freedom it signifies. Alcoholism, AIDS, licentiousness and loneliness contend with education, a trust in God and other simple remedies that are difficult to apply. Cooper's narrators are storytellers who watch from the margins of life, who might be seen at first as meddlers, but become recognizable as a small army of empathic souls, who struggle toward self-awareness, honest observation and forging connections" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Warm-hearted, earthy and sly. As enjoyable as a favorite relative who has all the dirt on the other family members in the room." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Cooper's talent for capturing the lives of ordinary people penetrates this collection....Cooper fans will enjoy this collection, and those who are new to her work will appreciate her character development and artful storytelling." Booklist

Synopsis:

With her irresistible storytelling voice, a celebrated author presents this marvelously satisfying suite of stories exploring the universal themes of love, hope, home, and family.

About the Author

J. California Cooper is the author of the novels Family and In Search of Satisfaction, and of several short-story collections: Homemade Love, the winner of the 1989 American Book Award; A Piece of Mine; The Future Has a Past; Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime; The Matter Is Life; and Some Soul to Keep. She is also the author of seventeen plays and has been honored as Black Playwright of the Year. She lives in northern California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385511339
Subtitle:
Stories
Author:
Cooper, J. California
Publisher:
Doubleday
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Copyright:
Publication Date:
April 4, 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.2 x 5.8 x .8 in .8 lb

Other books you might like

  1. Homemade Love Used Trade Paper $5.50
  2. Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime: Stories
    Used Trade Paper $2.50
  3. The Chosen
    Used Mass Market $1.95
  4. The Kite Runner Used Trade Paper $4.50
  5. The Wake of the Wind New Trade Paper $15.95
  6. The Bluest Eye (Oprah's Book Club)
    Used Trade Paper $2.95

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns: Stories Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$7.50 In Stock
Product details 224 pages Doubleday Books - English 9780385511339 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "An acclaimed novelist (Some People, Some Other Place), playwright (Strangers) and short story writer (Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime), Cooper checks in with a collection of stories that shine a spotlight on the lives of invisible women. Her characters are confined, whether by poverty and degradation, or by narcissism and the trappings of success, and they long for satisfaction and deliverance. In 'In the Eye of the Beholder,' Lily Bea, an ugly duckling, grows up into a graceful woman with an innate love of beauty that may not do her much good, while Harriet, a damaged hotel proprietress in 'Catch a Falling Heart,' struggles toward a better life using whatever or whoever is at hand. Fulfillment, when it happens, comes in the trappings of a good man or a home of their own and the economic freedom it signifies. Alcoholism, AIDS, licentiousness and loneliness contend with education, a trust in God and other simple remedies that are difficult to apply. Cooper's narrators are storytellers who watch from the margins of life, who might be seen at first as meddlers, but become recognizable as a small army of empathic souls, who struggle toward self-awareness, honest observation and forging connections" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Warm-hearted, earthy and sly. As enjoyable as a favorite relative who has all the dirt on the other family members in the room."
"Review" by , "Cooper's talent for capturing the lives of ordinary people penetrates this collection....Cooper fans will enjoy this collection, and those who are new to her work will appreciate her character development and artful storytelling."
"Synopsis" by , With her irresistible storytelling voice, a celebrated author presents this marvelously satisfying suite of stories exploring the universal themes of love, hope, home, and family.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.