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Life Is Short But Wide

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Life Is Short But Wide by J. California Cooper
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Apr 06, 2010 | ISBN 9781400075690

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“Cooper’s work reminds us of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston…. It’s a delight to read.” —Alice Walker

“[J. California Cooper] is my favorite storyteller. What songs she sings.” —Nikki Giovanni
“Yes, life is short. Luckily, its also filled with the magic of beguiling and provocative books like this.” —The Newark Star-Ledger
“J. California Cooper is absolutely brilliant. One of the best writers of all time.” —Jill Scott
“My fifth-grade teacher . . . one day said, ‘Instead of calling and asking me for advice, try reading J. California Cooper.’” —Halle Berry
“Wonderfully crafted. . . . Cooper’s characteristic motherly wit carries an appealing raft of characters through a world tougher than it is tender, but touched with beauty and wisdom.” —Publishers Weekly
“It is as if [Cooper] is patting the seat next to us, enticing us to come sit and listen.” —Ms.
“A genius storyteller.” —The Boston Globe
“Cooper’s characters are the folk heroes of black culture.” —Essence
“Reminiscent of Zora Neale Hurston’s groundbreaking 1937 novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. . . . Narrated with gentle wit and humor, [Life Is Short But Wide] explores the importance of love, religion, redemption, and family.” —Library Journal
“Cooper writes about love as if it were a small stream, a ray of hope, a whisper in God’s ear, an essence all of its own. . . . A must read full of history, wisdom and love.” —Cityflight

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