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Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns: Storiesby J. California Cooper
Synopses & Reviews
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.”
From the Hardcover edition.
A new collection of short fiction by the author of In Search of Satisfaction 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." 40,000 first printing.
J. California Cooper's irresistible collection of new stories explores the universal themes of romance, family, and the hopes that propel people's dreams. In As Time GoesBy a young woman singlemindedly pursues material wealth, only to suffer from an empty heart. Catch a Falling Heart tells of a slyly arranged marriage, and The Eye of theBeholder portrays a plain girl's search for love and her own brand of freedom. Wise, earthy and intimate, these stories are moving parables of the human need to seek some sort of satisfaction, just asa wild star seeks a midnight sun.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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.
Table of Contents
As time goes by — The eye of the beholder — Success — Rushing nowhere — Just-life politics — Oysters and pearls — Wait a minute, world! — The party — Catch a falling heart.
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