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In Search of Satisfaction
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With In  Search Of Satisfaction, Cooper gracefully portrays men and women, some good and others wickedly twisted, caught in their individual thickets of want and need on a once-grand plantation.
In Yoville, "a legal town-ship founded by the very rich for their own personal use," a freed slave named Josephus fathers two daughters,  Ruth and Yinyang, by two different women. His desire to give Yinyang and himself money and opportunities oozes through the family like an elixir. In seeking the legacy left by their father, Ruth and Yinyang pull each other, their families, and their Yoville neighbors into a vortex of ever-powerful emotion.
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J. California Cooper. (2010). In Search of Satisfaction. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

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      • content: "Marvelously textured and layered with voices that weave in and out of each other but never collide."
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      • content: "Cooper's...style is deceptively simple and direct, and the vale of tears in which her characters reside is never so deep that a rich chuckle at a foolish person's foolishness cannot be heard."
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      • content: "An old-fashioned morality tale that quickly engages the reader in the lives of a large cast of unforgettable characters."
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      • content: "The wicked and righteous reap their just rewards in Cooper's calamitous, unabashedly preachy family epic."
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        Cooper details a family saga in which two half-sisters attempt to come to grips with their father's legacy.

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        August 29, 1994
        American Book Award-winner Cooper (for the short-story collection Homemade Love) sets her second novel (after Family) in Yoville, a small legal township outside New York City. There, this preachy intergenerational saga traces the intersecting lives of two families of wealthy white landowners, the Krupts and the Befoes, and the descendants of Josephus Josephus, a former slave who's the lover of the perpetually drunk Krupt matriarch, Victoria. The birth of a fair-skinned daughter, Yinyang, from this temporary union motivates Josephus to plan his escape to a better life by stashing away much of the Krupts' wealth while poisoning them. Cooper's highly moralistic tale centers around the families of Yinyang and her half-sister, Ruth (born of an African American mother), as they fumble through bursts of prosperity and poverty. In the author's explicitly Christian universe, fast money corrupts, so it's inevitable that tragedy will ensue once Ruth and her lover happen upon Josephus's hidden treasure. Meanwhile, in the desperate Befoe household, controlling an internationally powerful empire only obscures satisfaction as greed and ambition lead to incest, retardation and soullessness. Though Cooper's storytelling is at times effective, her pietistic tone and emphasis on Satan's complicity in acts of evil (which the characters consider ``satisfaction'') may alienate less religiously inclined readers. Author tour.

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