Author(s): Bernard Cooper
Edward Cooper was a hard man to know. Dour and exuberant by turns, his moods dictated the always-uncertain climate of the Cooper household. Now Ã�Â�Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â� balding, octogenarian Ã�Â�Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â� he makes an unlikely literary muse. But to his now middle-aged son, he looms larger than life, an overwhelming, baffling presence. Edward Cooper made his name as a divorce attorney in LA whose cases were devoured by the tabloids. Now, he is slowly succumbing to dementia. As Bernard attempts to forge a coherent picture of his family history, he uncovers Edward's lawsuits against other family members, and recalls the itemised invoice his father once sent him for the total cost of his upbringing, for the sum of two million dollars. First published 2006.
"Cooper is a memoirist in the Tobias Wolff vein, and "[The Bill from My Father]" is a rueful, self-effacing, yet dazzlingly precise affair."
-- Michael Upchurch, "The Seattle Times"
Bernard Cooper has published two memoirs, a novel and a collection of stories. He lives in Los Angeles and is the art critic for Los Angeles magazine.