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 really enjoyed the story and all of the characters. I love it when a book keeps me so engaged. I enjoyed each characters strengths and weaknesses.
I really enjoyed this book. At first it was a little depressing because it felt really familiar. I have personally encountered most of these things. Terry captured the real feelings of people who are going through these challenges. I laughed, cried, cussed, and rejoiced. Of course, my favorite character was Betty Jean! I absolutely loved her. She reminded me of my own grandma who had to do the same type of things for me. I am now enjoying a good life because of her sacrifices. I especially enjoyed how the book ended. Terry didn't allow BJ to endure all of these things just to die and not get to reap the rewards for her sacrifice. This alone made this book awesome!
I loved the different voices for each characters' chapter. I have no doubt this would have been a great read had I read it but there is no beating an audio book featuring the writer and actual actors!
I loved this book and the fact that I listened to it made it so much better. Phylicia Rashad's voice is very soothing, I could listen to it all day. I could relate to all the characters and I know people just like them I my life. This book should definitely be a movie.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Terry makes the characters so relatable and the storyline seems familiar and not contrived. Phylicia Rashad's voicing made listening so pleasant which helped deal with the voicing of Tammy, nurse Kim, and Trinetta which was not so pleasant. I fell in love with little Ricky and Luther and cried like a baby towards the end of the book as they grew up. Overall, this has been one of my favorite books from Terry and I'd listen again anytime.
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