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Publisher's Summary

Since Terry McMillan's breakout novel Waiting to Exhale surged onto the best seller lists, critics and readers alike have been captivated by her irreverent, hilarious, pitch-perfect tales of women's lives and contemporary issues. With The Interruption of Everything, her sixth novel, McMillan takes on the fault lines of mid-life and family life, reminds us once again of the redeeming power of friendship, and turns her eye toward the dilemma of how a woman starts to put her own needs higher on the to-do list while not shortchanging everyone else.

Marilyn Grimes, wife and mother of three, has made a career of deferring her dreams to build a suburban California home and lifestyle with her husband, Leon. She troubleshoots for her grown kids, cares for her live-in mother-in-law, Arthurine (and elderly poodle, Snuffy), keeps tabs on her girlfriends, Paulette and Bunny, and her own aging mother and foster sister...all the while holding down a part-time job. But at 44, Marilyn's got too much on her plate and nothing to feed her passion. She feels like she's about ready to jump. She's just not sure where.

Highly entertaining, deeply human, a page-turner full of heart and soul, The Interruption of Everything is vintage Terry McMillan, and a triumphant testament to the fact that the detour is the path, and living life "by the numbers" never quite adds up.

©2005 Terry McMillan; (P)2005 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"With her trademark ability to write thought-provoking tales inspired by the lives and loves of contemporary African-American women, McMillan offers another novel sure to resonate with readers grappling with the questions Marilyn poses to herself." (Publishers Weekly)

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Excellent

I Listened, and imagined myself there. It's so true to my life, I enjoyed every moment.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Pamela
  • Farmington Hills, MI, USA
  • 03-29-06

Hard to get through

The storyline was so predictable and boring. I really didn't enjoy the book at all. I was expecting more from Terry McMillan, probably based on her recent experience. I will be a little more relunctant to get another book from this author.

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  • Christin
  • Chattanooga, TN, USA
  • 08-28-05

Great job by lynn whitfield

Good book and great narration by lynn whitfield. The story is soooo true for any married woman and mother who has felt like they were underappreciated. It rang soooo true to my life. Thank God I am not alone, fiction only mirrors real life. Great listen...highly recommend it.

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  • Somewhere OH
  • 12-06-16

Awesome book and I really needed it at this time,

Very nice book and right on time for this stage in my life. I really appreciated the story and reality check.

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Absolutely loved it!

Oh my gosh this book was so awesome. For anyone whose been married for a number of years it is truly understandable that sometimes people get lost within marriage. Through one woman's journey this book expresses the work which goes into marriage, motherhood, daughterhood, sisterhood, and much more. Marilyn is strong, vulnerable, uncertain, and still determined to find herself. Her experiences are happy, sad, infuriating, encouraging, daunting, and exhilarating. Yes she live the dubious life many others can relate to but her story of undying spirit lends hope to those who read it. Not to mention TM writes her ass of as usual...she is witty, comical, piercing, and profound. Cudos Ms. T. Mcmillan once again you hit the nail on the head!

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Great book

Interesting story good narration. I recommend the book. She is a great author. I enjoy her books.

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Okay

The characters were introduced in and out which made it difficult to get to know them. It took too long to get interesting, but cam through in the end.

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  • Kellie
  • Detroit, MI, United States
  • 07-29-10

Awesome Read

This is one book/audiobook/story in general that I absolutely loved listening to. Lynn Whitfield is awesome and keeps you all in. I listen to audiobooks as I travel on the highway and this one was so good. I've listened to it over and over even though I have other audiobooks waiting to rip open, I find myself popping this one back into the cd tray. Thats how good it is. Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy!!!

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  • Brenda
  • Silver Spring, MD, USA
  • 04-29-08

It's Ok

First Audiobook I've ever purchased - but, I can't get through it. For some reason it's not holding my attention and I have to keep starting over. I'm on the fence with this one - Sorry Terri, you're still my girl - I just can't get through this one.

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  • Harold
  • los angeles, CA, USA
  • 04-09-08

Not So Great...

Terry McMillan is a pretty good writer. Typically, her characters are so real that you sometimes forget it's only a fictional book and you can't call the characters on the phone. They are that real. It wasn't that the characters weren't real in this book, they were just boring. The only real character that was developed was the main character, who narrated the book. The book was boring to me and that's not characteristic of Terry. I guess you can't like them all. I'm still a fan, so I hope McMillan gets back to her old self.