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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Dialog is as zingy and funny as a one-woman show. Character-driven story develops comedy payoff in 3-way girl-meets-girl plot. Writing style is vivid as a screenplayz Tomboy narrator, Laydia Spain O'Hara, the town innkeeper, untangles fourteen characters' lives in the nostalgic 1950s southern Illinois where everybody knows everybody's business.
In her own personal geography, Laydia Spain joins the zany bleached-blond farmer's daughter, Miss Lulabelle, and the dark-skinned blues singer, Jessarose, and outwits convention by opening her own bed-and-breakfast. The three women's personal geography mirrors the vast social issues sweeping American concepts of extended family, gender roles, and the human heart leading to today's liberation. See what happens to the red-headed baby, the 4th of July picnic, and the Girl's Choir that sings "Old Man River"!