• It's Not All Downhill from Here

  • A Novel
  • By: Terry McMillan
  • Narrated by: Terry McMillan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (2,923 ratings)

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It's Not All Downhill from Here

By: Terry McMillan
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Interview: Terry McMillan discusses It’s Not All Downhill from Here with lifelong fan and Audible Editor Margaret

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  • Terry McMillan Has Embraced That ‘It’s Not All Downhill from Here’

Publisher's summary

New York Times best seller

After a sudden change of plans, a remarkable woman and her loyal group of friends try to figure out what she’s going to do with the rest of her life - from Terry McMillan, the best-selling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale.

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by Good Housekeeping

“Poignant, funny and full of life, this is a balm for troubled times.” (People)

Loretha Curry’s life is full. A little crowded sometimes, but full indeed. On the eve of her 68th birthday, she has a booming beauty-supply empire, a gaggle of lifelong friends, and a husband whose moves still surprise. True, she’s carrying a few more pounds than she should be, but Loretha is not one of those women who think her best days are behind her - and she’s determined to prove wrong her mother, her twin sister, and everyone else with that outdated view of aging wrong. It’s not all downhill from here.

But when an unexpected loss turns her world upside-down, Loretha will have to summon all her strength, resourcefulness, and determination to keep on thriving, pursue joy, heal old wounds, and chart new paths. With a little help from her friends, of course.

©2020 Terry McMillan (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"Lively, perceptive...McMillan writes with a staggering depth of feeling, credibly capturing the characters’ emotions as she unpacks their interpersonal conflicts. This delightful novel balances inspiration for renewal with the hard facts of aging." (Publishers Weekly starred review)

"McMillan brings her signature wit and wisdom to It’s Not All Downhill From Here." (O: The Oprah Magazine)

"This is a story of the power of women and the inspiring lives they lead." (She Reads)

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Editor's Pick

What happened to Alison?
"When Waiting to Exhale came out in 1992, I was 10 going on 20, sneaking my mom’s copy into the bathroom when she wasn’t looking to devour a couple pages at a time. Nearly 30 years later, I still can’t contain my excitement over a new Terry McMillan novel. Instead of the heartache, unrequited love, and failed marriages the women in their 30s grappled with in Exhale, Loretha Curry and her group of 60-something friends face a new set of challenges in It’s Not All Downhill from Here : grief, aging, hip replacements, and more. I’ve long marveled at McMillan’s rich, husky voice in her interviews with Oprah over the years, and hearing her narrate is a special treat. It felt like I was catching up with an old friend over a plate of french toast (one of Loretha’s favorites), laughing out loud at the surprisingly funny inflections she gives the sometimes-grumpy diabetic grandmother as she finds joy in getting older, despite some painful losses."—Margaret H., Audible Editor