It's Not All Downhill From Here: A Novel Hardcover – March 31, 2020
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“I couldn’t put this book down. Not only would I recommend it to others, but I already handed it off to my mom for her to read next.”—BuzzFeed
“The novel skillfully renders the bonds between multiple generations of women. . . . It’s Not All Downhill From Here is a funny and honest portrait of a woman, late in life, finding second chances. Like a time-tested friendship, the novel comforts.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“McMillan proves once again that she is a skilled master at writing dialogue for strong, intelligent women who know how to laugh in the face of tragedy instead of being consumed by it.”—Associated Press
“A hopeful and hilarious novel that women of all ages can relate to.”—Travel & Leisure
“[A] warm, winning novel.”—AARP
“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)
“This is a story of the power of women and the inspiring lives they lead.”—She Reads
“This baldly honest, laugh-out-loud story . . . will remind you of just how healing friendship can be.”—Good Housekeeping
“A deeply moving book that gently balances the realities—both personal and societal—of aging with a hopeful message: It’s never too late to change how you’re living your life.”—Salon
“This is another winner from McMillan.”—BookPage
About the Author
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1984823744
- ISBN-13 : 978-1984823748
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Publisher : Ballantine Books (March 31, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Often concerned more about her family and others than herself, Loretta decides that self-care requires discipline, commitment, and self-love. Will she reach her health and economic goals?
The story is told through Loretta's eyes all throughout. While I found her humor and frankness tickling, I also found myself yearning to get out of Loretta's head. I would have liked to get other character's perspective, especially since there were so many. Perhaps Loretta's sister and at least one of her friends. Maybe even her husband's point of view would've been refreshing.
Also, there was a lot going on in other people's lives that Loretta tells you about but it would've been nice to go along for the ride and experience some of those things with the characters instead of having Loretta narrate them. This slowed down the story and I found myself skipping pages and pages of narratives. I hoped it would get better somewhere in the middle and that it would pick up steam after the tragedy. It never did.
Towards the end, Loretta makes all the right decisions. Suddenly, her son in Japan appears for the first time (it seems) after being mentioned on a few occasions. It concludes in a way that shows you life still goes on no matter what. A good message, but it took a long time getting there. I found myself at the bottom of the hill looking up and feeling glad the long journey was over with.
Turning Pages Book Club Member
Younger ladies will learn what they have to look forward to!
Top reviews from other countries
A lot of the issues in this book highlights the everyday for people of that generation. I think the issues, in particular dealing with grown children is something my mum and all her friends can identify with as all of them have at least one child that makes them lay awake at night. I loved it in that sense and the last quarter had me in tears quite a few times.
I love how it is written in the first person. It brings the main character to life. I lived her every day with her and can’t help think that my own mother, similar in age but a little more agile will love her as well.
Terry McMillan never disappoints.