Critics have compared her work to that of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, but J. California Cooper has a warm, witty style that’s definitely her own. Each of her short stories is a gem of downhome wisdom, polished with a bit of gossip, some heartbreak, and lots of humor.
In "Funny Valentines" a "simple" woman draws one heart on Valentine’s Day and divides it among the people she loves, until all but one of them lies in the cemetery. "Living" portrays a man in midlife crisis who leaves his loving wife and pleasant country home for a taste of high city living and returns with a new perspective on life. "Spooks" is the tongue-in-cheek tale of a man who masquerades as a ghost in order to outsmart an unscrupulous suitor and win the heart of a vulnerable widow.
Sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and always touching, J. California Cooper’s characters enlighten us and enrich us as they find love in unlikely places. The warm narrations will give listeners a sense of chatting with nosy but well-meaning neighbors over the back fence.
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"Told in first-person, in a lively, unobtrusive black dialect, these tales, set in both country and city, are lit with wisdom and high-spirited humor." (Publishers Weekly)
i read this book as a child, ironically while home with a broken leg. 24 yrs later, i get to enjoy this again while recovering from knee surgery. a bit of my childhood to enjoy again. the stories are great symbols of love and devotion to loving the person, the kind of love we long for but rarely find.
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All. Each character comes with their own story. The read should take each story as it's own lesson and not try to make it more.
I have not listened to other performances by this narrator, however, the narrator was perfect for this book. It almost felt like I was sitting with my grandmother as she told me these stories.
Not sure about dinner, but I would love to talk with each of them.
This is a great book for a reader that likes to hear about unabridged life. There are ups and downs. The stories do not always happy endings. However, there are typically lessons learned and /or peace found; which makes the stories more real.
You have listened to how many Audiobooks!!!!!
This book captures all of the best about life and the stories are moving, funny, and insightful. Need to have more of her work in Audio form
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I would definitely recommend this book to friend. The author is a masterful Storyteller.
it was like listening to an aunt or grandmother tell you lessons about life. lessons that are relvelant today. love all her books.
I love to read Authors like J California Cooper,Mary Monroe and others.
Yes,It's very funny I laughed a lot while listening to different chapters.
I would compare this book to In search of satisfaction also by J California Cooper.
The narrator is alright on a scale of 1-10. I would give them an 7 being 10 is the nighest
Yes the chapter about the watchers.
I really enjoyed listening to Home made love through Audible books I wish there were more books by J California Cooper in Audible book form .
First, J. California Cooper is one of my favorites but somehow these stories, half of them were not that interesting. I almost felt like I was reading about the same people. Dont get me wrong, I had my favorites, and it could have been that one particuliar narrator whose shouting voice grated my nerves! It could be that the stories I was least fond of were the ones with this particuliar narrator. If you listen to the book, you will know who I am referring too!
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