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Getting to Happy Paperback – July 31, 2012
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Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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One by one, we are reintroduced to these fabulous, flawed creatures, from the still-beautiful but unattached Robin to the frustrated Savannah to a now bitter Bernadine and the ever-lovable Gloria. While near-grown children inspire both pride and awe, the demands of extended family and ex-husbands can get on anyone's last nerve. McMillan is on intimate terms with these characters, their fears, frustrations and reactions to the inevitable challenges they face. With her customary compassion for the plight of these larger-than-life women, married or single, this is a story that rings with authenticity. Life comes in all sizes and shapes, delivering joy and sorrow with equal abandon and these friends are spared none of the experiences that come with time. Once again, it is their love for one another that proves the most healing balm in any situation.Read more ›
I watched Waiting to Exhale in movie theaters several years before I ever read the book. By then I had read several other books by her as well. From the perspective of a writer, I loved how she constructed sentences and gradually revealed what made her characters tick. Her prose was funny, smart and sassy. Sadly, this book falls way short. Although Terry hasn't lost her touch with the dialogue, the story was often boring.
Because everyone was going through some kind of crisis, none of the problems got the treatment/resolution they deserved. It felt rushed and haphazard.
This book will no doubt be made into a movie. I might check it out on DVD.
When I finish a book, ANY book, I always read the acknowledgments as I have learned so much by reading them. The author says, 2nd sentence, "It's hard to write when you're angry, or numb. It's hard to do anything when you're angry or numb". Maybe that is what is missing from this book, her spirit.
When I first met these four in Exhale, I related to them all. I felt almost as if I were a fifth, not very talkative, member of the group, Therefore, I approached this book with the same apprehension I felt before a class reunion. Would I remember them? Would I still be interested? Would I even care?
Yes, to all. McMillan does a fine job in the first four chapters of bringing the forgetful, or even the new, reader up to speed on who these women are, what lurks around in their pasts, and what is going on in their 2005 lives, when the story takes place.
Plenty is going on. Savannah and Gloria both find themselves suddenly and unwantedly single, Robin has her hands full with daughter Sparrow's escapades, while Bernadette is overcoming or not overcoming a devastating betrayal from years before. She can't let it go. As each woman struggles with her own trauma the friendships between them and the spirit of the group also undergo strains and testing.
They all survive, or, at least it looks like they will. The resolutions are not always the ones dreamed of or wished for. But that's life--in reality and fiction. Each, if not arriving at "happy" is still on the road and a little farther down it.Read more ›
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I enjoyed this book but it pales in comparison to its predecessor. It was nice to read how much our favorite four girlfriends grew and changed and what had become of their lives.Published 25 days ago by Ashley
Great Read for black women. Very informative while at the same time staying interesting. Also a decent price for what you get.Published 1 month ago by Rae-Nessha N White
Finally all my questions from the first book were answered! Its like I too, got to happy.Published 2 months ago by Deanna T. Simmons
I have always been a fan of Terry McMillan but I have no idea how this book got away from me. I am so happy for this sequel because as we all know, life goes on. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Harmony
Loved it except for what happened to Marvin very good follow up to waiting to exhale couldn't have found a better readPublished 2 months ago by A.C.