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
Daughter of the King
The narrators were the key to my enjoyable experience.
I enjoyed Betty Jean. Too many moments to count, but I love the way she loved.
The way they made the story come alive. I laughed and teared up throughout the story. I love Phylicia Rashad. She is one of my most favorite people.
Among the vast amount of authors who habitually produce good books, Terry is not an exception. You can always look forward to inspired reading/listening with involving, provocative and interesting characters. Perhaps it didn't win a Pulitzer Prize, it still is a decent read. Ms. McMillan creates realistic characters you can identify and relate to, as well as characters that invoke sentiment, be it love or hate.
Now You Know Why
Thanks Terry for another decent fictional account.
I loved every character in this book. Once again Ms. McMillan has nailed a true-to-life story of a family and its real and sometimes peculiar characters. I absolutely could relate to the matriarch Betty Jean whose strength, love and genuineness was always accessible.
This was a great read....funny, warm, down to earth, and heartfelt! Terry McMillan did a wonderful job and kusdos to Phylicia Rashad, Michael Boatman, and Carole DeSanti on the narration...superb!!
I loved it. I laughed and cried. I been awhile since I've read or listen to a book. I can't wait for Terry McMillan next in which I already have ordered.
A wonderful story of the urban situation for many families. This book brings to life your auntie, next door neighbor and nephew! What an evolution in characters!
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