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Family Paperback – December 1, 1991

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From Publishers Weekly

In this beautifuly textured first novel by the author of the acclaimed short story collection Homemade Love , the history of one slave family becomes symbolic for all slaves and slaveholders. Clora, the granddaughter of a slave and a slaveholder, refuses to accept her life as chattel and, as did her mother, escapes slavery by committing suicide. She had tried to poison her children first, but they survive and Clora's spirit narrates their story, beginning with her daughter Always. Although her siblings pass for white to escape, dark Always endures the misery of slavery including frequent rape by the slave owner. Stealing his gold to save for anticipated freedom, she risks her life to learn how to read. When she and his wife give birth to sons at the same time, Always switches the babies, of like complexion. Her son grows up in freedom, while she raises the other as a slave--a masterful metaphor for the psychological bondage that slavery imposed on slave masters. Both young men survive the Civil War, and Always lives to see them prosper after emancipation. However, as Clora narrates, racism replaces slavery and humankind continues to suffer from its divisions. With power and grace, Cooper weaves the dialect, style and myths of the South into a portrait of the hell that was slavery. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternate; author tour.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

YA-- This affecting historical novel, set in the pre-Civil War South, is narrated by a slave named Clora. She describes the life she and her mother share, her mother's suicide, her own unsuccessful attempt to kill her children, and the successful taking of her own life to escape mistreatment by her masters. After her death, Clora follows her children's lives in spirit form (interestingly depicted on the cover). The treatment of the slaves is heart-wrenching. Although vivid details make readers identify with the characters and feel their pain, Cooper's writing skill will draw them into the story, despite knowing in advance that it will hurt. While the generous use of white space on each page gives the book a juvenile appearance, the format, emotional tone, and use of dialect make it more appropriate for more mature YAs. An excellent book about slave life in the pre- and post- Civil War era.
-Jacqueline J. Craig, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; 1st Anchor Books Ed edition (December 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385411723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385411721
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was a page-turner. Some books we must almost force ourselves to finish but this story is very compelling. When I first began reading, I had to do so very slowly so that I could understand what was happening. The reason was because the narrator of this book is herself a slave from the mid-1800's and therefore speaks with the slang and southern accent of that time. Once I got used to that I liked it because it made the story feel more authentic. I felt that it again reminds us of how inhumane slavery was and still is; that we as people must never allow for it to reoccur in todays world or future though, sadly, it still exists out there in other countries and forms. The ending was so glorious and made me feel wonderful for the characters. It is in my opinion, a great book that everyone could benefit from reading but you may have to be in the mood for it since some of it's content is more than disheartening
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"Family" is a book that must be read. It is a touching, powerful book. This is one of Ms. Cooper's most dynamic books. "Family" is a generational book. It is sensational. Much praise for "Family."
"Family" shared insights into the institution of slavery. The bitterness a race suffered, but yet the courage of that race to survive. "Family" is about a mother, who did not want her children to live as she was forced to live or to endure the misery forced upon them, but in which they had no control. "Family" is moving. Indeed, some of the events will bring tears to your eyes. "Family" is about survival.
Ms. Cooper is an exceptional author and has truly captured the essence of what it is to be a 'family.'
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I READ J.CALIFORNIA COOPER'S FAMILY IN ONE DAY. IT DEFINITELY IS A PAGE TURNER. I TELLS OF THE TRUTH OF WHAT THE SLAVES HAD TO ENDURE. ALSO, HOW THE SLAVES WERE ABLE TO RISE OUT OF THE INDIGNITY, OVERCOME THE RACIST SYSTEM, AND MAKE A LIFE FOR THEMSELVES. THE KEY WORD HERE IS ENDURE. THIS BOOK TEACHES US THAT WE NEED TO ENDURE LIFES CHALLENGES AND ULTIMATELY WE WILL COME OUT OF THE STORM MUCH STRONGER THAN WE WENT IN. MS. COOPER IS ABLE THE SPEAK TO THE INNER CORE OF THE SPIRIT OF HER CHARACTERS. FAMILY IS A MUST READ.
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OMG this book was so good that I read it twice!!!!! I really enjoyed how the story was told through the voice of the Mother who had committed suicide. It spanned decades but was connected through the thread of family. There was true development of only a few characters, but it was the right amount for this story. The children's names were symbolic and representations of their particular personalities. This another historical fiction story that I wished could have or did happen.
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How a book narrated by a dead slave can leave the reader inspired and smiling I don't know, but it did! The use of language is reminiscent of Zora Neale Hurston's, and quickly felt natural. The story is gripping without being melodramatic. The characters are interesting. This book packs an incredible punch for such a relatively short book. Like all the best art, it emerges during daily life as a reminder of how art captures a moment in time. A wonder-full book enthusiastically recommended to all.
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I was shocked when the main character died, but she lived on in that she told the story as if she saw everything and everyone. I have read a lot on slavery, but this book was new and fresh. It made me see some things differently. It made me think. Yes, we are all one people.
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Love, love, love this book! All of the characters, all of the hopes and dreams for a better like as a slave pull at your heart...... you go from laughing crying cheering to peace. What a beautifully written book.
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I enjoyed this book it really symbolizes the overall fabric of American society. This book is about how through loss and tragedy things have a uniquely interesting way of working themselves out. Family is also about how we as a people are all interwoven through our lives.

Sometimes through pain one kind truly triumph in the midst of a storm. The pain can be overwhelming but yet it can be trampled upon valiantly.
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