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J. California Cooper’s irresistible collection of new stories explores the universal themes of romance, family, and the hopes that propel people’s dreams.
In “As Time Goes By” a young woman singlemindedly pursues material wealth, only to suffer from an empty heart. “Catch a Falling Heart” tells of a slyly arranged marriage, and “The Eye of the Beholder” portrays a plain girl’s search for love and her own brand of freedom. Wise, earthy and intimate, these stories are moving parables of the human need to seek some sort of satisfaction, just as a wild star seeks a midnight sun.
“Leafing through these stories is like propping open a screen door and peering into the homes of family and friends. . . . The master storyteller sweeps us into their lives and makes us care deeply about them.”
“Cooper’s style 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.”
"Cooper's talent for capturing the lives of ordinary people pentrates this collection. . . . Those who are new to her work will appreciate her character development and artful storytelling"
“Cooper’s stories beckon. It is as if she is patting the seat next to us, enticing to come sit and listen.”