Book Reviews of Family

Author: J. California Cooper
ISBN-13: 9780385411721
ISBN-10: 0385411723
Publication Date: 12/1/1991
Pages: 240
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 15 ratings
Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
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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.
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A very moving story about the effects of slavery on an African American family. Fast read.
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Heartwarming and inspiring - but them I'm partial to JCC. I highly recommend her works.