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Author J. California Cooper has died
Author J. California Cooper has died

Author J. California Cooper died Saturday in Seattle, her publisher Doubleday/Anchor has confirmed. The award-winning writer was 82 and had been ill. Cooper was known for work such as the novel "Family" and the short story collections "A Piece of Mine," "The Matter of Life" and "Homemade Love." She was writing plays when the writer Alice Walker encouraged her to try short stories. Her work received high praise in The Times, where reviewer Carolyn See found Cooper's stories "jazzy, clubby, folksy, small towny, populist, perky, and if you don't like them, you must be in an absolutely unshakable bad mood." In that 1991 review,...

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