By Carol Memmott , USA TODAY
Novelist Bebe Moore Campbell, whose best-selling books
included Brothers and Sisters, Singing in the Comeback
Choir and Your Blues Ain't Like Mine, died Monday in
Los Angeles from complications related to brain cancer.
She was 56.
"My wife was a phenomenal woman who did
it her way," her husband, Ellis Gordon Jr.,
said in a
statement released to the media.
"She loved her family and her career as a writer.
We enjoyed life together as a team and we will
miss her immensely and will love her forever."
Nicholas Latimer, spokesman for
her publisher, Knopf, said,
"She will be remembered fondly."
Campbell , whose books were lauded for their realistic
depictions of social issues, race relations and family
dynamics, also wrote about mental illness in her fiction
and was a well-known advocate for the mentally ill.
The author, an only child who was
born and raised in Philadelphia ,
was motivated by a family member's
struggles with mental health.
72 Hour Hold, her most recent adult novel,
published last year, is about a woman struggling
to find a treatment for her daughter's bipolar disorder.
She also dealt with mental health in her award-winning
2005 children's book Sometimes My Mommy
Gets Angry, about a young girl trying to
understand and deal with her mother's illness.
Campbell 's last book, Stompin' at the
Savoy, was published in September.
It's a children's book about a young girl
is transported to the famous ballroom
--- where the jazz greats performed.
Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.
Posted 11/27/2006 4:19 PM ET
Updated 11/27/2006 8:22 PM ET