Life is Short But Wide, (due out March 24) the Essence Book Club pick for March, by 77-year-old J. California Cooper is a "love affair between old people." It's narrated by a 91-year-old! Now that's something we don't see enough of!
Essence points out while these characters are mostly "Black and either poor or working class, Cooper's message is universal." Says Cooper in the same issue, "There are no Black liars and White liars. If you're a liar, you're nothing but a liar. I think in Black, but these stories apply to the human race."