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
The book was easy flowing regarding the storyline. The narrators were warm and revealing.
The most memorable moment was when Arlene and NurseKim had their discussion.
The narrators were excellent.
I was moved when Betty Jean did not go and get Ricky out of jail. What a tough decision that must have been.
I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
I have not read the printed edition. However, this is narration-art which needs to be awarded. Rarely have I heard anything close to this. Outstanding just like the narration for "The help".
The fact this story was written in the pressent, even when we clearly follow them over decades. You do 't notice but it wraps you in and you can't stop listening.
Luther and Omar.
Yes. Why did it have to end?
Credit worthy an instant Audible essential.
I would definitely listen again.
One of the most memorable moments is when Betty Jean calmly asks the son-in-law who was parked outside her house where was her daughter. (Don't want to tell too much about the scene)
the grandson cursing out the uncle.
Betty Jean. She was brutally honest and just a genuine character.
Very touching story
BJ, strong woman
I didn't really get into the e-book but really enjoyed the narrated version because of their accents and expressions. Good job.
Great book about being a mother, sister, aunt, family and friend. I laughed as hard as I cried.
Realistic and you could learn something.
all of them.
Can't decide too many.
All of the readers were fantastic. Listen to this book. The actors were phenomenal. Terry McMillan thank you soooo much. Cannot wait for your next one!
Ms McMillan, wisely waited a few years to submit this new novel. In my opinion, she had rushed a few of her previous books and only two were to my liking. Not so of this one. I found myself, chuckling several times as I moved about the house, cooking or doing odd chores. And then, of course, as I grew into the story, I found myself in total agreement with experiences in my life that I could identify with. My only concern is, I wish Phylicia Rashad had a greater input. I never understand why authors always want to read their novels and not leave it to the professionals. I'll never get tired of Ms Rashad's speaking voice. She makes me feel as if I know EXACTLY where she's coming from. I enjoyed this novel very much.
This book was a pleasure to listen to in the mornings while on my way to work.
It made me laugh and cry. I could relate to the characters on so many levels.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book.
The narrators were excellent. They were very believable.
Betty Jean is the most memorable character. The story started and ended with her character. Betty Jean is a likable character.
I would definitely recommend this book. Terri McMillan and her co narrators are awesome.
The voice tones and injections of the narrators are on point.
I didn't want to put it down. It was soooo FUNNY.
Phylicia Rashād narration made the story sound as if you were talking to your aunt.All of the characters were highly relatable.
Luther!! He was very amusing and the most memorable moment was when he called his Uncle. I nearly wrecked my car laughing so hard. Nurse Kim was a mess and highly entertaining but my absolute favorite was Luther!
I love the narration it brings the characters to life.
I don't want to spoil the story but the ending bought me to tears (happy tears).
Enjoying every listen.
I liked the book, enjoyable to listen to. Entertaining.
When the sisters are talking to each other about family relationships.
The different voices and interest and enabled me to vision the scene.
Yes, If I had the time available I'd listen to it all at one time. All of the characters were different and interesting. Each one had their own unique identity.
This is a book worth purchasing.
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