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The Interruption of Everything | [Terry McMillan]

The Interruption of Everything

With The Interruption of Everything, her sixth novel, Terry McMillan takes on the fault lines of mid-life and family life, reminds us once again of the redeeming power of friendship, and turns her eye toward the dilemma of how a woman starts to put her own needs higher on the to-do list while not shortchanging everyone else.
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Publisher's Summary

Since Terry McMillan's breakout novel Waiting to Exhale surged onto the best seller lists, critics and readers alike have been captivated by her irreverent, hilarious, pitch-perfect tales of women's lives and contemporary issues. With The Interruption of Everything, her sixth novel, McMillan takes on the fault lines of mid-life and family life, reminds us once again of the redeeming power of friendship, and turns her eye toward the dilemma of how a woman starts to put her own needs higher on the to-do list while not shortchanging everyone else.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    "Excellent"

    I Listened, and imagined myself there. It's so true to my life, I enjoyed every moment.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Farmington Hills, MI, USA 03-29-06
    Pamela Farmington Hills, MI, USA 03-29-06
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    "Hard to get through"

    The storyline was so predictable and boring. I really didn't enjoy the book at all. I was expecting more from Terry McMillan, probably based on her recent experience. I will be a little more relunctant to get another book from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kellie Detroit, MI, United States 07-29-10
    Kellie Detroit, MI, United States 07-29-10
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    "Awesome Read"

    This is one book/audiobook/story in general that I absolutely loved listening to. Lynn Whitfield is awesome and keeps you all in. I listen to audiobooks as I travel on the highway and this one was so good. I've listened to it over and over even though I have other audiobooks waiting to rip open, I find myself popping this one back into the cd tray. Thats how good it is. Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Silver Spring, MD, USA 04-29-08
    Brenda Silver Spring, MD, USA 04-29-08
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    "It's Ok"

    First Audiobook I've ever purchased - but, I can't get through it. For some reason it's not holding my attention and I have to keep starting over. I'm on the fence with this one - Sorry Terri, you're still my girl - I just can't get through this one.

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    Harold los angeles, CA, USA 04-09-08
    Harold los angeles, CA, USA 04-09-08
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    "Not So Great..."

    Terry McMillan is a pretty good writer. Typically, her characters are so real that you sometimes forget it's only a fictional book and you can't call the characters on the phone. They are that real. It wasn't that the characters weren't real in this book, they were just boring. The only real character that was developed was the main character, who narrated the book. The book was boring to me and that's not characteristic of Terry. I guess you can't like them all. I'm still a fan, so I hope McMillan gets back to her old self.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lillian San Diego, CA, USA 02-13-06
    Lillian San Diego, CA, USA 02-13-06
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    "Surprised by how I loved it"

    This audio came at the right time in my life. I am in my early forties and feeling somewhat lost lately like the main character. I was inspired by how the main character took everything in stride that was thrown her way. I enjoyed looking forward to my morning walks with the dog and listening for what would happen next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christin Chattanooga, TN, USA 08-28-05
    Christin Chattanooga, TN, USA 08-28-05
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    "Great job by lynn whitfield"

    Good book and great narration by lynn whitfield. The story is soooo true for any married woman and mother who has felt like they were underappreciated. It rang soooo true to my life. Thank God I am not alone, fiction only mirrors real life. Great listen...highly recommend it.

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