In Search of Satisfaction (Paperback)

By J. California Cooper

Anchor Books, 9780385467865, 368pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 1995



With InSearch Of Satisfaction, Coopergracefully portrays men and women, some good and otherswickedly twisted, caught in their individualthickets of want and need on a once-grand plantation.
In Yoville, "a legal town-ship founded by thevery rich for their own personal use," afreed slave named Josephus fathers two daughters, Ruth and Yinyang, by two different women. Hisdesire to give Yinyang and himself money andopportunities oozes through the family like an elixir. In seeking the legacy left by their father, Ruth and Yinyang pull each other, their families, and their Yoville neighbors into a vortex of ever-powerful emotion.

About the Author

J. California Cooper is the author of four novels and six collections of stories. She was honored as Black Playwright of the Year, and her work received the American Book Award, the James Baldwin Writing Award, and the Literary Lion Award from the American Library Association. She died in 2014.

Praise For In Search of Satisfaction

"Cooper' is deceptively simple and  direct, and the vale of tears in which her  characters reside is never so deep that a rich chuckle  at a foolish person's foolishness cannot be heard."
--Alice Walker

"Cooper writes  about small-town life with a verve that nearly bursts off the page."