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10 November

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Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime
J California Cooper
(USA: Anchor Books, @VintageAnchor, 1996)

Whether through her stories or her legendary readings, J California Cooper has an uncanny ability to reach out to readers like an old and dear friend.  Her characters are plain-spoken and direct: simple people for whom life, despite its ever-present struggles, is always worth the journey.

In Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime, Cooper’s characteristic themes of romance, heartbreak, struggle and faith resonate.  We meet Darlin, a self-proclaimed femme fatale who uses her wiles to try to find a husband; MLee, whose life seems to be coming to an end at the age of forty until she decides to set out and see if she can make a new life for herself; Kissy and Buddy, both trying and failing to find them until they finally meet each other; and Aberdeen, whose daughter Uniqua shows her how to educate herself and move up in the world.

These characters and others offer inspiration, laughter, instruction and pure enjoyment in what is one of J California Cooper’s finest story collections

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Halle is an American actress who won the 2002 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the romantic drama film Monster’s Ball (2001, Amazon: UK | USA). As of 2019, she is the only woman of African-American descent to have won the award. Halle was one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood during the 2000s and has been involved in the production of several of the films in which she performed.

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