An exuberant return to the four unforgettable heroines of Waiting to Exhale—the novel that changed African American fiction forever.
Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale was more than just a bestselling novel—its publication was a watershed moment in literary history. McMillan's sassy and vibrant story about four African American women struggling to find love and their place in the world touched a cultural nerve, inspired a blockbuster film, and generated a devoted audience.
Now, McMillan revisits Savannah, Gloria, Bernadine, and Robin fifteen years later. Each is at her own midlife crossroads: Savannah has awakened to the fact that she's made too many concessions in her marriage, and decides to face life single again—at fifty-one. Bernadine has watched her megadivorce settlement dwindle, been swindled by her husband number two, and conned herself into thinking that a few pills will help distract her from her pain. Robin has an all-American case of shopaholism, while the big dream of her life—to wear a wedding dress—has gone unrealized. And for years, Gloria has taken happiness and security for granted. But being at the wrong place at the wrong time can change everything. All four are learning to heal past hurts and to reclaim their joy and their dreams; but they return to us full of spirit, sass, and faith in one another. They've exhaled: now they are learning to breathe.
A little disappointed
I was excited that Terry McMillan had a new book, I don't mind paying a little more for authors that I love. I buy audio books now because I'm in school and don't have time to read the fiction that I love. I really wish that she had an actor read, I can't get through it because the voice is a little grating and lacks the emotion that I've become accustomed to when listening to audio books. Disregard my rating of the book, I'm sure it deserves all 5 stars, I just can't listen to it.
I kept waiting for something to happen.
First of all...there are four readers, despite what some other reviewers suggest. The book is a very long "where are they now" update (no actual plot). It does seem, by the details or lack there of, as if she had the movie in mind. Very unsatisfying...do not recommend. SN: The 'F' word is severly overused.
C'mon Ms. Terry!
Before I listened to the book, I knew exactly what was going to happen. Terry wrote this book with the movie in mind...and I feel like she did not stay true to the original characters. I also agree that listening to Terry McMillian read was excruciating. She read it with the same passion one would read the phonebook.