Family ties are tested and transformed in the new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author of Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back. With her wise, wry, and poignant novels of families and friendships - Waiting to Exhale, Getting to Happy, and A Day Late and a Dollar Shortamong them - Terry McMillan has touched millions of listeners.
Now, in her eighth novel, McMillan gives exuberant voice to characters who reveal how we live now - at least as lived in a racially diverse Los Angeles neighborhood.
Kaleidoscopic, fast-paced, and filled with McMillan's inimitable humor, Who Asked You? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams - all while holding down a job as a hotel maid. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can't be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs.
The drama unfolds through the perspectives of a rotating cast of characters, pitch-perfect, each playing a part, and full of surprises.
Who Asked You? casts an intimate look at the burdens and blessings of family and speaks to trusting your own judgment even when others don't agree. McMillan's signature voice and unforgettable characters bring universal issues to brilliant, vivid life.
©2013 Terry McMillan (P)2013 Penguin Audio
USPS MAIL CARRIER, WALKING 6-8 MILES DAILY, AUDIO BOOKS MAKE ME ENJOY MY WORKDAY
they all made it as if you were right in the front row of a show, they were so real.
Betty Jean, and her sisters, cause I could use some old school, down to earth, without beating around the bush advice myself.
yes, this was an excellent book, I want to give Terry Mcmillan kudo's for her great imagination and skill in writing she is one of my favorite writers. BUT PLEASE LEAVE NARRATING TO THE PROFESSIONALS, (I'm sorry) but you should NEVER do this again, you are a writer, your voice is not???, I don't know how to put it without being rude, so let's just keep it as it is. Just keep writing, and I'll keep buying. Again GREAT BOOK.
This book is one of the best books that I've listened to in AA fiction. It was so good that I logged on to rate it, which is something that I have rarely done.
The pace of the reading was perfect, the characters was awesome and the story was easy to follow. It was like I was actually able to envision the entire story while listening.
The feeling behind the characters... they bring the characters to life through the reading... the feeling and emotions.
Betty Jean's scenes.
Performance by Phylicia Rashad.
Most of the scenes held my interest.
Yes... except time did not permit.
This book was so good. It was so real. I loved the ending!! Phylicia Rashad voice is so wonderful to listen to, she just draws you in from the beginning!!!
I have listened to this book 3 times. Everytime the characters keep me in stitches. This book reminds me sooo much of many of my friends lives. Felica Rashad, and Terry McMillan, is hilarious and makes the character so life like. This book, has something for everyone, you cry, you laugh, you say some unchristen like things, and much more. It is well worth listening to. I'm soo glad I purhcased the audible instead of reading the book. But then, "Who Asked you" (laughing) Enjoy
The fact that BJ (Betty Jean) got another chance at happiness for herself, despite all the challenges she faced. The fact that Omar finally got self confidence and became a man and told his mother he was gay, and I laughed so hard, I nearly got in trouble at work, but I'm glad she found out the way she did. Justice, for her being soo overprotective with her child, and thinking she was all that. Life knocks you down, but love and prayer together overcomes everything, when you activate faith not fear. And even though BJ was not into church, she definitely had faith.We all need it.
Emotions, emotions, that took my imagination there ini the story. I found myself looking through the window, of each of their lives.
Got cha, and who asked you anyway
Everyone should go out and purhcase it today. The rating is very close to beating my 5 star rating for 'Waiting to Exhale". Terry knocked this one out of the park. I hope a film, is on the horizon. It'll be well received.
I love to read books but I think I've found a new passion Audio Books. I love Urban Fiction as well as self help books.
It was so down to earth. It was like real life. Like my life.
Betty Jean!!! She is my mom. Everything about her is my mom. My mom is raising her two grandchildren. She has some of the same struggles as Betty Jean.
When Luther read the letter to Betty Jean. I couldn't stop crying....
When Betty Jean lost her daughter.. That was hard for her!
I LOVED this! Once again Ms. McMillan pulls out all the stops! suprising at every turn...and once again I cried due to a unexpected but not suprising turn of events. like "a day late and a dollar short" this is a grabber! Thanks Ms. Terry...and keep them coming girl!
I am an urban fiction addict!! Wahida Clark books are my fave! I love the Thug Series. I am an avid reader and Audible makes it even better!
Terry McMillian is the author who started it all for me. For my first African-American lit book I read Mama at 14yo, and 15 yrs later Im still an avid reader. Sad to say that this book did not have the same affect on me. It was very slowwww....nothing spectacular happened and at times, the narration left me wondering which character was speaking. I LOVED Phylicia Rashaad....of course, but over all the performance was not great (especially Terry's part). I could have done without about 4 of the characters bc there wasnt much development, and not much of a need for them beyond the fact that they were family. The ending was good. Im glad everything worked out in the end, but overall this book was boring and took me a month to finish. Skip this one....read something else!---sorry. I still love you Terry.
I have already recommended this book to several friends!
I would compare this book to the lives of so many of my friends an family members. Truly relatable.
Girl, get your life!
Phylicia Rashad's voice is undeniable. I would love to see her in this role when this book is made into a movie.
I've listened to it several times. It's life changing.
When BJ finally takes time for herself.
BJ was the most memorable character because she is todays grandparent.
I love to watch old black and white movies. In the movies you have children they become successful. Then they have children and they all come to the grandparent’s house for the holidays. Terry’s book is keeping it real. Life doesn’t follow a happiness blue print plan. Women devote so much of their lives taking care of others that we don’t have the time or energy to stop and take care of ourselves. We rear our children and then our children have children. But they don’t come home for the holidays, they come back to live with you. If they leave home and stay gone they drain you financially and/ or emotionally. Terry’s book saved my life. I’m a spiritual person. I reared my children and one granddaughter. I financially help out my children and grandchildren. I worked at my job for almost 20 years. I got a new boss who was a bully and fired me for being old. I didn’t feel old. Time has been good to me, but the face looking back at me showed the struggles of life. I’m 60 years old and one paycheck away from poverty. I’ve used my retirement to help my children. I prayed and asked God for help. I was looking through my library on Audible. Then I saw Terry McMillan’s new book, “Who Asked You?” The character BJ, reminded me of myself. She showed me that, even at my age there is hope. The narrators were excellent. Many thanks go out to Phylicia Rashad whose voice calmed my anxiety. Thank you, Terry for writing a book for today’s trials and tribulations. It was the answer to my prayer.
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