By J. California Cooper

Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780385411721, 240pp.

Publication Date: December 1991


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.

About the Author
J. California Cooper is the author of novels, six collections of stories, and seventeen plays. Her book "Homemade Love" was the winner of the American Book Award in 1989, and she has been honored as the Black Playwright of the Year. She has also received the James Baldwin Writing Award and the Literary Lion Award from the American Library Association. She lived in California until her death in 2014.

Praise For Family

“With power and grace, Cooper weaves the dialect, styles and myths of the South into a portrait of the hell that was slavery.... Masterful.”
Publishers Weekly