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
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!
This book read so realistic. There are some things in the story that hit home in my personal life. I couldn't stop listening. Phylicia rashaad was a great narrating her part. as well as the guy. Not sure of his name. I got teary eye at the end. I would like to see this as a movie. I think it will do well.
Love Terry McMillan and anything read by Phylicia Rashad. This book reminds us what family is about and how forgiveness, acceptance and love go a long way, no matter how late it comes.
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