Marilyn Grimes, wife and mother of three, has made a career of deferring her dreams to build a suburban California home and lifestyle with her husband, Leon. She troubleshoots for her grown kids, cares for her live-in mother-in-law, Arthurine (and elderly poodle, Snuffy), keeps tabs on her girlfriends, Paulette and Bunny, and her own aging mother and foster sister...all the while holding down a part-time job. But at 44, Marilyn's got too much on her plate and nothing to feed her passion. She feels like she's about ready to jump. She's just not sure where.
Highly entertaining, deeply human, a page-turner full of heart and soul, The Interruption of Everything is vintage Terry McMillan, and a triumphant testament to the fact that the detour is the path, and living life "by the numbers" never quite adds up.
©2005 Terry McMillan; (P)2005 Penguin Audio and Books on Tape, Inc.
"With her trademark ability to write thought-provoking tales inspired by the lives and loves of contemporary African-American women, McMillan offers another novel sure to resonate with readers grappling with the questions Marilyn poses to herself." (Publishers Weekly)
I kept felling that I was in the story and these were friends of mine. I really enjoyed listening the this book. A little slow at first and then I didn't want it to end.
I have listened to and loved every one of Terry McMillian's books. Although the cultural setting is the black community, the situations are universal - at least for women. The themes are family, friendships, relationships, work, obligations, etc. and these have no color. In all instances, the readings have been superb and the humor is laugh-outloud. I would bet that even an old, white man with a sense of humor would enjoy her writing.
I really enjoyed this book, it was so true to what we go througth in our lives today.
I have enjoyed the escape of reading (print) Terry McMillan - easy, fun, a little trashy. This is the first time that I listened to one of her books. I found the dialogue to be just ridiculous. I don't mean the sub-culture language - the actual content of the dialogue - absurd, random, distracting from what should have been powerful storylines. I thought the narrator had a pleasant voice, but I suspect this author is best read in print, on the beach.
I started reading the book and found it hard to keep my attention. When I saw that I could get the audio version, I thought it would be better but in fact it wasn't at all. The story line was hard to follow and I felt it wasn't a good ending to the story.
Since I loved the movie, ""How Stella Got Her Groove Back"", I was anxious to listen to this book by Terry McMillan. I almost didn?t finish this book. The author failed to win my sympathy for Marilyn. To me, Marilyn quickly became just a fowl mouthed witch and she was ""getting on my last nerve"". And yes, I have been through menopause myself. I just couldn''t understand why Leon was the villain and I kept asking myself ?What had Leon done that he deserved this type of treatment??. While there were many entertaining characters, I felt some of them added nothing to the story, such as Orange and Blue. The author should have spent more time developing the problems between Marilyn & Leon. There were also several irrelevant subplots that I didn?t understand why they were even mentioned, such as the conversation where the fitness trainer was explaining about working out to Marilyn. Also, while I found the description of Joy?s death emotionally moving, what was the point of going to the trouble of telling us she was hit and killed by 2 drunk paramedic drivers, instead of leaving it as drunk driver.
And is it really necessary to use the ""F"" word so often?
I have another Terry McMillan book on my wish list, and will attempt to listen to it. I hope it is better.
Funny, Tear-Jerker, and well written
I would compare this book to A Day Late and A Dollar Short.
No I hadn't however she was a fresh of breath air for this story. Wonderful narration.
I was very sad about Joy. That was devastating.
Im not sure what to make of this book....It was all over the place and when you finally caught up with it it was not what should have happened. If we are not supposed to think this could really happen I would say its alright...if we are....*shaking my head* Try it a again Sis McMillan
I was upset about the book I expected more from Terry, this was clearily not her best work. The second part left me confused and mad.
I love Terry McMillan and have always found her writing to be witty, smart and definitely speaks of the african-american experience that I can relate to - however this is the first time I have ever heard one of her novels on audiobook and whoever did the narration was completely terrible and it often took me out of the story. I wasn't able to complete to book because the narration was so jarring and unbelievable. I didn't feel sorry for the main character, I wanted her to stop talking. I am a commuter and have had my share of narrators over time - and this woman was hands down the worst I had ever heard. I hate that I wasted my credit on this one.
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