In "Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns" (Doubleday, $23.95) a collection of short stories that are simple, elegant and poignant, author J. California Cooper writes about the search for fulfillment that propels people's dreams and desires.
In "As Time Goes By," a young woman named Futila Ways grows up focusing her dream of a better future on material wealth, only to discover that having everything she ever wanted cannot compensate for the emptiness in her heart. "The Eye of the Beholder" recounts the story of an unattractive young girl, Lily Bea, whose search for love leads her to embrace her own brand of freedom.
And in "Catch a Falling Heart," a woman mildly crippled in a fall endures loneliness and solitude until she finds a man and provides a resting place for his love. Each story beautifully conveys the profound human need to seek some sort of satisfaction, just as a wild star seeks a midnight sun.