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The narrator talks about her life as a slave. One day she decides
she can't take life anymore and tries to kill herself and her children.
The children survive but she dies. All she can do from now on is
observe her children. We get to know mainly the life of her favorite
child, Always. With the end of slavery comes also prosperity to
her children. A moving novel giving a terrible insight into the
lives of the slaves. More...
Joan California Cooper first found recognition as a playwright.
The author of seventeen plays, she was named Black Playwright of
the Year in 1978. It was through her work in the theater that she
caught the attention of acclaimed poet and novelist Alice Walker.
Encouraged by Walker to turn her popular storytelling skills to
fiction, Cooper wrote her first collection of short stories, A Piece
of Mine in 1984. More...