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

Terry McMillan Has Embraced That ‘It’s Not All Downhill from Here’
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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best days are behind her - and she’s determined to prove wrong her mother, her twin sister, and everyone else with that outdated view of aging wrong.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

What listeners say about It's Not All Downhill from Here

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terry McMillan is in her own way

Terry is an amazing author but a horrible narrator
she needs to stop narrating her own books

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Needs a real narrator

I love her writing, but she’s not a narrator. Liked the loving story that highlights how hard it is to be a family and a friend as an aging adult. Liked the characters but didn’t love the negative stereotype of young people. Also, should people be this mean to each other?

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Book is boring . It should have a minus star

I might have enjoyed the book if there was a different narrator. Terry McMillan need to hire a professional narrator. McMillam speaks in a monotone voice which is boring and that makes the book very hard to listen to. Please hire a professional to narrate or stick to print ONLY

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Loved the book minus the narration

I really liked the book. She should NOT narrate her own books. The narration made it hard to listen to.

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Annoying

I really wanted to like this book, but the narrator was so monotone I just couldn’t get into it. Please next time get another narrator!!

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Real life

I really enjoyed this book, I. Can relate to the main character. This book made me laugh and made me sad too. I loved it.

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Relevant Times As These

During this stage in my life, age 65 as of April 6, 2020 I can relate to the situations and occassions Lo found herself and others in throughout the entire story line. Most of all I am able to identify with or know someone that this very story could, should and is about. Thank you for sharing your thoughts in this read. Thoughts that more than a few African Americans have found themselves in.......

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Wonderful!!

Great read!!!! Terry McMillan does it again. She is one of a kind. I Enjoyed

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Inspiring

I loved it, it was about how the good times and adversary in life bring us to realization. Bottom line, you only get one life, so live it like there's no tomorrow. I have always been amused by Ms. McMillian work.

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So Disappointed

First let me say that I have been a fan of Terry McMillan's writing for quite sometime but WHAT HAPPENED HERE? The book was full of filler words and lacked content. It was overridden with boring scenarios, which had you waiting for something to happen and nothing ever did. What was worse was the narrator! Terry McMillan was terrible at this, her reading of her own book was poorly done. I agree with the others, that it was monotone, lacked excitement and energy. This was written as though she was contracted to write 6 books and this was #6 so she just threw something together. I would have traded the book in except it was a group reading. Audible or whomever chooses the narrators should seriously advise her not to narrate anymore. So disappointed!

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  • 11-16-20

Another great story

Loved it. Lots of really great characters. I was completely engrossed and didn't want it to end..

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  • 06-21-22

Love Terry McMillan

I just loved the story, as well as narration. Enjoyed so much.
Thank you very much

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  • 03-12-22

Brilliant

Absolutely fantastic, funny , sad and soooo dam real story about life friendship and family .Above all Love..

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  • 01-28-22

Good Story!

I loved the story but found it difficult to listen to at times. I love Terry's books but I found that she made the characters sound like miserable old women!

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  • 12-18-21

Fabulous book!

Loved this book! made me think about my girlfriends and living life without regrets.

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  • Connie
  • 10-18-20

Really enjoyable and heartwarming

I loved the characters. I enjoyed listening to Terry McMillan’s voice. It’s a great listen. I found it difficult to stop listening.
She knows how to put a story together.