Life is Short But Wide (eBook)
Like the small towns J. California Cooper has so vividly portrayed in her previous novels, Wideland, Oklahoma, is home to ordinary Americans with big hearts. Among them are newlyweds Irene and Val, who graciously allow their neighbors, Bertha and Joseph, to build a house on their land. Together the couples have three daughters, all who struggle to find love and success in the changing world. But although the years may bring hardship and heartache, they also teach the importance of living one’s life boldly and squeezing out every possible moment of joy.
An irresistible story of faith and family, Life Is Short But Wide proves that no matter who you are or what you do, you are never too old to chase your dreams.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
J. CALIFORNIA COOPER is the author of four novels, including, most recently, Some People, Some Other Place, and six collections of stories. She was honored as Black Playwright of the Year, and has received the American Book Award, the James Baldwin Writing Award, and the Literary Lion Award from the American Library Association. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Praise for Life is Short But Wide…
Accolades for J. California Cooper
“Cooper’s work reminds us of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston…It is a delight to read.” –Alice Walker
“[J. California Cooper] is my favorite storyteller. What a song she sings.”
“My fifth-grade teacher...one day said, ‘Instead of calling and asking me for advice, try reading J. California Cooper.’” –Halle Berry
“A genius storyteller.” –Boston Globe
“Exuberant…Cooper’s stories reveal a meticulous attention to the nuances of African-American life.” –San Francisco Chronicle
“It is as if [Cooper] is patting the seat next to us, enticing to come sit and listen.”
“What a voice…Cooper celebrates family, freedom, perseverance, life, and…powerful voices finally heard.” –Atlanta Constitution
“Gutsy and familiar… [Cooper’s] power comes from sticking to her instinct, which is to tell a story, plain and simple.” –Washington Post
“Cooper's characters are the folk heroes of black culture.”