The wake of the wind / J. California Cooper.

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      1st ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: A novel on freed slaves after the Civil War. The protagonists are a young couple who buy a ruined plantation and begin to prosper. But racism returns and they have to flee. By the author of Family.
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    • ABNT:
      COOPER, J. C. The wake of the wind. 1st ed. [s. l.]: Doubleday, 1998. ISBN 0385487045. Disponível em: Acesso em: 4 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Cooper JC. The Wake of the Wind. 1st ed. Doubleday; 1998. Accessed July 4, 2020.
    • AMA11:
      Cooper JC. The Wake of the Wind. 1st ed. Doubleday; 1998. Accessed July 4, 2020.
    • APA:
      Cooper, J. C. (1998). The wake of the wind (1st ed.). Doubleday.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Cooper, J. California. 1998. The Wake of the Wind. 1st ed. Doubleday.
    • Harvard:
      Cooper, J. C. (1998) The wake of the wind. 1st ed. Doubleday. Available at: (Accessed: 4 July 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Cooper, JC 1998, The wake of the wind, 1st ed., Doubleday, viewed 4 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Cooper, J.California. The Wake of the Wind. 1st ed., Doubleday, 1998. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Cooper, J. California. The Wake of the Wind. 1st ed. Doubleday, 1998.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Cooper JC. The wake of the wind [Internet]. 1st ed. Doubleday; 1998 [cited 2020 Jul 4]. Available from:


Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 October 1998

Cooper has written her third novel and another wonderfully rich tale. Two good friends in Africa, Kola and Suwaibu, are taken from Africa and brought to America as slaves. The story of their great-great-great-grandchildren, Mordecai (Mor) and Lifee, reunites these friends' families through marriage. Mor and Lifee's life together is chronicled through their marriage, freedom from slavery, the birth of their children and grandchildren, and their deaths. Cooper has once again written a compelling story, reminiscent of The Children of Segu (1989) by Maryse Conde. All her fans will love this book. ((Reviewed October 15, 1998)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

PW Reviews 1998 August #4

Cooper's disappointing third novel (after Family) frustrates readers with a good premise poorly executed. Mordecai and Lifee meet as slaves on a plantation in post-Civil War Texas. Forced to marry by their master before they even know each other, they fall in love just as emancipation is declared, and head east with several other newly freed companions to look for a safe place to live. Cooper conveys the mixture of hope, fear and confusion as hungry and footsore former slaves move across the country. Mor and Lifee find work at a ruined plantation in Georgia and begin a family; and in time, the owner secretly sells her property to them. The tightly knit clan of former slaves prospers, but when lynchings in the area become frequent, they are forced to leave. Eventually they settle on an abandoned farm, where they survive economic depression and other troubles. When tragedy ensues, the next generation must assume responsibility for preserving the family. Though Cooper's research about the troubled historical era provides good details, her characters are mainly two-dimensional stereotypes. The blacks are good, with pure hearts; the whites (with one exception) are duplicitous. Moreover, the prose is wooden and preachy, lacking grace or nuance. This earnest saga of freed slaves aspiring to new lives in the Reconstruction South is commendable in intent but pedestrian in execution. (Sept.) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews