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review Life Is Short but Wide × eBook or Kindle ePUB Å Like the small towns J California Cooper has so vividly portrayed in her previous novels Wideland Oklahoma is home to ordinary Americans with big hearts Among them are newlyweds Irene and Val who graciously allow their neighbors Bertha and Joseph to build a house on their laOf living one’s life boldly and sueezing out every possible moment of joy  An irresistible story of faith and family Life Is Short But Wide proves that no matter who you are or what you do you are never too old to chase your dreams. This book is told over generations It’s like your grandma is sitting with you Saturday morning telling you the back story on various small town folks You can’t believe the drama found right down the street I enjoyed the narration historical context and characters The story revealed over and over the source of true happiness and how precious commitment is between two people It illustrates how one can be poor in wealth but rich in spirit As I was reading I recognized tenacious faith and resilience to focus on hope through life’s challenges I’ve had a goal to be aware of unconscious bias since reading Great Small Things Books by authors Zora Neale Hurston and this author give me a new lens on race Acknowledging different traditions and experiences is important to expand our awareness I don’t think reading books by African American authors who write about growing up and being in the world make me an expert or removes unconscious bias but I do think it helps my north lander Caucasian self step out of my zone

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Like the small towns J California Cooper has so vividly portrayed in her previous novels Wideland Oklahoma is home to ordinary Americans with big hearts Among them are newlyweds Irene and Val who graciously allow their neighbors Bertha. The narrator of this beautiful story is a ninety year old woman that is recounting her history Slavery love and redemption correlate the story as she takes the reader on a journey on the people that paved the way for her life Starting with Irene who falls in love with a man named Val in the early twentieth century Despite the love that she has for him she makes it clear that she is not going to be anyone's slave Teaching him how to read and write is one of the benefits of their relationship but Irene's family think that she is moving too uickly Uncertain where her future is going to go she puts her life in the hands of God and this trusted companion that she loves Faith love and tragic circumstances occur in this beautifully written storyI guess the fair uestion is why the average rating Well it had way too many characters to keep up withI was confused which one was speaking It would have been better if it was divided into parts instead of the concise chapters Also I felt that Irene and Val story was not as explored as I would have liked so that really contributed to the average rating Despite those minor things this was a beautiful book that will appeal to all agesI do plan to read novels by Cooper her writing style is very uniue and luring

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Life Is Short but WideAnd Joseph to build a house on their land Together the couples have three daughters all who struggle to find love and success in the changing world But although the years may bring hardship and heartache they also teach the importance. I like a good character study and was looking forward to this story of the lives of a small neighborhood of family biological and lifelong friend family in Oklahoma The beginning of the book was adeuate to keep me interested but nothing that really stood out as outstanding In the middle I did come to care for the characters and was engaged in their stories and what would happen to them I personally felt like things fell apart in the last uarter or so of the book All of the sudden Cooper relied really heavily on character talking to self to further the plot and catch the reader up on action that had taken place as time passed I'm not a big fan My other problem with the last part of the book was that there were multiple TOO many references to what I imagine are the author's socio political and religious opinions randomly included in the text The action is moving along and then there is a 2 page interruption to talk about President Reagan and how Republicans are screwing the poor and middle class or the last chapter of the book which seemed to be the author taking her chance to share the testimony of the Jehovah's Witness faith No thank you And while not a JH I didn't even disagree with a lot of the positions just didn't think they were worked into the story well My last problem one of the main reasons I was interested in reading the book is because the narrator is a 90 year old woman from the town Only this fact barely played into the story at all It was mentioned a few times as an aside and there were a few occasions where the language used was I guess supposed to reference an elderly woman or someone born in the south of the early 1900's but it didn't add much to the story Overall I did not dislike the book I liked many of the characters the flow of the narrative other than the previously mentioned instances the overall story I probably would NOT recommend it to friends though because of the philosophical wanderings of the last section which most of my friends wouldn't agree with or appreciate I don't think