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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (600 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. California Cooper Narrator: Adenrele Ojo Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Like the small towns J. California Cooper has so deftly portrayed in her previous novels and story collections, Wideland, Oklahoma, is home to ordinary Americans struggling to raise families, eke out a living, and fulfill their dreams. In the early twentieth century, Irene and Val fall in love in Wideland. While carving out a home for themselves, they also allow neighbors Bertha and Joseph to build a house and live on their land. The next generation brings two girls for Irene and Val, and a daughter for Bertha and Joseph. As the families cope with changing times and fortunes, and people are born and pass away, the characters learn the importance of living one's life boldly and squeezing out every possible moment of joy, while being held up by a strong foundation of love and the ultimate realization that whoever you are, and whatever you do, life is short, but it is also wide.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Endora harris | 2/19/2014

    " Yet another great story by the master story teller. Once again she takes on a family and its generations to show up how black people got over and were sometimes gotten over on. Loved the rich wisdom and organic insite to the ways of folks! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jo Ann Fishburn | 2/16/2014

    " This was an absorbing read, but I found the main love story very frustrating in the same way as Bridges of Madison County--which I detested--and many years ago Gone With the Wind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Adrienne | 2/11/2014

    " At first this book was hard for me to get into, but it was a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maria | 2/6/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was full of emotion & reality & relationships that were intriguing. It was not always a happy tale, but it was a well written story. "

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