The Future Has a Past

Stories

By J. California Cooper
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780385496810, 288pp.)

Publication Date: October 16, 2001

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Description

From the beloved author of Family and A Piece of Mine comes a dazzling new collection of stories featuring ordinary women who discover that love sometimes comes when you least expect it.

Vinnie is an overworked and self-sacrificing single mother who gets a second chance at love and independence, in "The Eagle Flies." In "A Shooting Star" a happily married mother of two laments the fate of her beautiful friend Lorene, whose naivete about desire has deadly consequences. In "A Filet of Soul," Luella's luck soon changes when her mother leaves her a modest inheritance, but not as soon as she initially imagines. And in "The Lost and Found," Irene confronts her womanizing boyfriend with the one piece of information that will bring him to his knees. Bursting with earthy wisdom and humor, these warmly engaging tales are a testament to Cooper's gifts as a storyteller.




About the Author

J. California Cooper lives in northern California.




Praise For The Future Has a Past

"A wonderful blend of spirited characters and energetic writing."
--Essence

"It's the universality of her themes that has made Ms, Cooper's work popular."
--The Dallas Morning News

"[A]nother great work by a truly compassionate traditionalist. Cooper offers her readers great pleasure."
--Quarterly Black Review of Books

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