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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.
Fifteen years after Waiting to Exhale McMillan brings back Savannah Gloria Bernadine and Robin now in their 50s for a disappointing and uninspired outing. As the story opens Gloria is very happy Savannah believes she might be happy Bernadine is fighting addiction and losing ground and single mother Robin is trying to resign herself to being alone while things at her job begin to unravel. Within the first few chapters Gloria and Savannah are struck by disaster and things go rapidly downhill from there for everyone. Most of the misery has to do with men who lie steal cheat or disappear or with adult children who face similar problems. Unfortunately the beloved cast isn't given a story worthy of them; instead this reunion reads like a catalogue of personal catastrophes annotated with very long rambling discussions with more emphasis on simple drama than character. (Sept.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"Fifteen years after Waiting to Exhale, McMillan brings back Savannah, Gloria, Bernadine, and Robin--now in their 50s--for a disappointing and uninspired outing. As the story opens, Gloria is very happy, Savannah believes she might be happy, Bernadine is fighting addiction and losing ground, and single mother Robin is trying to resign herself to being alone while things at her job begin to unravel. Within the first few chapters, Gloria and Savannah are struck by disaster, and things go rapidly downhill from there for everyone. Most of the misery has to do with men who lie, steal, cheat, or disappear, or with adult children who face similar problems. Unfortunately, the beloved cast isn't given a story worthy of them; instead, this reunion reads like a catalogue of personal catastrophes annotated with very long, rambling discussions, with more emphasis on simple drama than character. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
“The Women of Waiting to Exhale have returned…McMillan fans won't be disappointed.” Dallas Morning News
"It's great to meet up with old friends again." People
"Required reading for anyone who cared about Waiting to Exhale
"Signature McMillan...[An] earthy, funny, personal voice." Raleigh News and Observer
"A phenomenal read." San Francisco Bay View
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An exuberant return to the four unforgettable heroines of Waiting to Exhale--the novel that changed African American fiction forever.
The phenomenal coast-to-coast bestseller.
It's 20 years later-but worth the wait: the eagerly-anticipated sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling sensation, Waiting to Exhale.
The remarkable heroines of Terry McMillan's unforgettable novel are back-and at a crossroads that will define their future. All four are learning to heal past hurts, and are more determined than ever to reclaim their lives and dreams. They've exhaled: now they are learning to breathe.
From the author of WAITING TO EXHALE...
Best friends Savannah, Gloria, Bernadine, and Robin have had their share of broken marriages, concessions, and the lessons learned from taking happiness for granted. Now, with each at a crossroads that will define their future, it’s time for these women to get their act together. They’re on their way to healing past hurts and to reclaiming the joy and the dreams they deserve. And they’re doing it with spirit, sass, and hard-earned faith in one another. It’s been fifteen years since they exhaled: now they’re finally learning to breathe.
About the Author
Terry McMillan fell I love with books as a teenager while working at the local library. She studied journalism at UC Berkeley and screenwriting at Columbia before making her fiction debut with Mama, which one both the Doubleday New Voices in Fiction Award and the American Book Award. She lives in Northern California.