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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.

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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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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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Relevant story line but narration needs improvement

In many ways the story line of a marriage that has become boring and a wife feeling unappreciated with lack of support and assistance mirrors my own which is what kept me listening in hopes of finding some guidance to improve my marriage. However, it was the wife that forgave more transgressions than the husband and I felt the wife forgave too easily. Although communication improved between one another, the husband was never really held accountable nor made much of an effort to apologize for his lying, indiscretion, and lack of assistance around the house. The wife forgave only for his lack of communication when in the end he finally started communicating with her, but never received any reassurance he was going to become a full partner in their marriage rather than have her be responsible for everything a household requires. Quite frankly, ending this way ticked me off. There is comedy written in most scenes that was enjoyable but would have been better if the narration didn’t sound so robotic and sounded as if it were read. The book would have been significantly better if narration was more conversation-like with more than one narrator. Also when descriptions of the scenery and surroundings were too much “It looked like... It sounded like...The room had... she wore...” It’s more effective if the scene is described within the action taking place rather than by itself and then describing what took place.

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good story and reading

this story was really good & the reading was excellent... I spent a good amount of time cracking up and could not put it down. Because of this I finished quickly, but I still give it five stars all around

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Great Story

This was a very good story and I will be listening again. Lynn Whitfield did a marvelous job.

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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.