THE FUTURE HAS A PAST, written in that simple down-home style Ms. Cooper is famous for, is a collection of four compelling short stories about women of various ages and status in life. Even though each story is different in plot, setting, andTHE FUTURE HAS A PAST, written in that simple down-home style Ms. Cooper is famous for, is a collection of four compelling short stories about women of various ages and status in life. Even though each story is different in plot, setting, and situation, the one theme that connects them all is -- LOVE!
In the first story, "A Shooting Star," Maisha, the narrator, talks about the well-known affairs of her glamorous but promiscuous friend, Lorene Shaky. Some would view Maisha's telling of Lorene's life as nothing but the words of a jealous woman. But what Maisha knows is that her friend never understood that being in love went way beyond just having sex with every available man she saw. Therefore, her retelling of Lorene's life is her way of grieving for a friend who never knew what it meant to be truly loved and cherished.
In "A Filet of Soul," Luella has been told all her life by her mother that she's ugly. She is told this in hopes that it will discourage her from seeking love, which would result in her having a broken heart the way her mother's heart was broken. True enough Luella doesn't listen and falls for the first fast-talking rascal she meets. Luckily, she does not let that unfortunate experience keep her from taking the risk of finding everlasting love with a man deserving of her.
Vinnie, the single mother, in "The Eagle Flies" almost misses out on finding love and happiness when she allows her devotion to her selfish grown children to consume every aspect of her life.
In the final story of this collection, "The Lost and the Found," Irene faces up to the fact that her lover of 7 long years, has no intentions of marrying her. Just when she realizes how much of her life has been lost waiting for a proposal, a very special man comes along and makes her realize that true love is worth waiting for.
THE FUTURE HAS A PAST is a remarkable collection filled with humor, wisdom, and emotion. There are some serious life lessons in this book and I appreciate how Ms. Cooper weaves her tale in such a way that allows the reader to reflect and take from those lessons a sincere truth, which adds meaning and relevance to one's life experiences. This is an excellent collection of short stories!...Continua Nascondi