Who Asked You? (Hardcover)
|Author: Terry McMillan|
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Family ties are tested and transformed in the new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author of Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back
With her wise, wry, and poignant novels of families and friendships?Waiting to Exhale, Getting to Happy, and A Day Late and a Dollar Short among them?Terry McMillan has touched millions of readers. Now, in her eighth novel, McMillan gives exuberant voice to characters who reveal how we live now?at least as lived in a racially diverse Los Angeles neighborhood.
Kaleidoscopic, fast-paced, and filled with McMillan?s inimitable humor, Who Asked You? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams?all while holding down a job as a hotel maid. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can?t be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs. The drama unfolds through the perspectives of a rotating cast of characters, pitch-perfect, each playing a part, and full of surprises.
Who Asked You? casts an intimate look at the burdens and blessings of family and speaks to trusting your own judgment even when others don?t agree. McMillan?s signature voice and unforgettable characters bring universal issues to brilliant, vivid life.
McMillan is the eldest of five children from a working-class family in Michigan. Her father died of tuberculosis when she was 15. A part-time job in a library while she was in high school introduced her to the world of books, and to her African-American heritage. In 1979 she graduated from Berkeley (where she studied poetry with Ishmael Reed) with a B.S. in journalism, and later from Columbia with an M.A. in film. Her first (and highly autobiographical) novel, "Mama", was published in 1987; McMillan promoted it extensively herself. Her most successful novel, however, was her third, "Waiting to Exhale", in 1992. (It was filmed in 1995.) McMillan has been a teacher as well as a novelist, and a single mother raising a son. She is immensely popular in the black community as a voice and role model for African-American women.