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African American Women Writers

J. California Cooper is an African American short-story writer, novelist and playwright. She has composed 17 plays and written three novels, but is best known for her collections of folksy, first-person narrated tales in which black women talk about each other's lives with humour, honesty and courage. Her play Strangers won the Black Playwright of the Year Award in 1978. Her short-story collection Homemade Love (1986) won the 1989 American Book Award. She also won the James Baldwin Writing Award in 1988. Alice Walker, who has promoted Cooper's writing, describes her style as 'deceptively simple and direct, and the vale of tears in which some of her characters reside is never so deep that a rich chuckle at a foolish person's foolishness cannot be heard'.

Genre: Historical fiction; Relationship fiction

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