The Wake of the Wind

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Doubleday, 1998 - Fiction - 373 pages
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Set in the South in the waning years of the Civil War, this is the dramatic story of a remarkable heroine, Lifee, and her husband, Mor. When Emancipation finally comes to Texas, Mor, Lifee, and their family set out in search of hope and a piece of land they can work and call their own. Miraculously, they manage not only to survive, but to succeed--their crops grow, their children thrive, they educate themselves and others. But the South during Reconstruction is not a place that takes kindly to the achievements of former slaves, and as lynchings and injustice become a plague across the region, time and again they must make the anguished decision to leave their land in search of a safer place.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A lyrical, century-spanning family saga on the lives of several African-American families. Cooper (Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime, 1995, etc.) begins with a recitation of the brief, hard existence of ... Read full review


User Review  - Xhashos - Borders

I have read all of J.California Coopers books but I have to say that this one had me on the side of the bed actually crying..not dropping tears but crying. It was a happy yet sad cry. This book made ... Read full review


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About the author (1998)

J. California Cooper is the author of the novels Family and In Search of Satisfaction and five collections of short stories, including Homemade Love, winner of the 1989 American Book Award, and Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime. She lives in northern California.

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