J. California Cooper’s Life is Short But Wide is another book club book. I didn’t make it to the meeting for this one but finished the book anyway. Even though I couldn’t put it down, I thought it was a long, dry tale of blacks in small town and how the times were killing them off in their quest for love.
This was my first time reading J. California Cooper. I loved the story. Any time I had a chance, I was reading this story. But I felt that the story had too much going on and was a bit long. The characters were well developed, almost too well. Considering that all the information was provided to give us a better understanding of one unspoken attraction, I don’t think that info was necessary. It was like several short stories strung together, which I understand is her forte.
The story structure was daunting and just made me want to get through the book. But the fact that I wanted finish the book says something, I guess.