McMillan takes on the fault lines of midlife and family life and reminds us once again of the redeeming power of friendship. 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 workaholic husband, Leon. She also troubleshoots for her grown kids, cares for her live-in mother-in-law (and elderly poodle, Snuffy), keeps tabs on her girlfriends Paulette and Bunny and her own aging mother and foster sister - and holds down a part-time job. But at forty-four, Marilyns got too much on her plate and nothing to feed her passion. She feels like shes about ready to jump. Shes just not sure where.
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'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.' - PW.
'McMillan's inimitable style is on display in this novel about a woman facing midlife crises on every front.' - Booklist.
'Undercharacterized Leon is the weak link here. Otherwise, McMillan's combination of boisterous humor and real compassion, both for the old and the underclass, is deeply impressive.' - Kirkus Reviews.
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Terry McMillan is the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of several novels and recipient of the Essence Award for Excellence in Literature. McMillan's ability to capture the dilemmas facing modern-day women with humor and verve has led to a worldwide following and has had a lasting effect on African-American literature.
Her works include Mama, Breaking Ice: An Anthology of Contemporary African-American Fiction, Waiting To Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Interruption of Everything, Disappearing Acts, Who Asked You? Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, have also been made into films.
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