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 Shortamong them - Terry McMillan has touched millions of listeners.
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.
©2013 Terry McMillan (P)2013 Penguin Audio
The characters were really good had a love hate feeling for nurse Kim and omar's mum which softened at the end. super ending which gave good closure. really enjoyed the narrators too, fantastic.
they all made it as if you were right in the front row of a show, they were so real.
Betty Jean, and her sisters, cause I could use some old school, down to earth, without beating around the bush advice myself.
yes, this was an excellent book, I want to give Terry Mcmillan kudo's for her great imagination and skill in writing she is one of my favorite writers. BUT PLEASE LEAVE NARRATING TO THE PROFESSIONALS, (I'm sorry) but you should NEVER do this again, you are a writer, your voice is not???, I don't know how to put it without being rude, so let's just keep it as it is. Just keep writing, and I'll keep buying. Again GREAT BOOK.
"Good Story; Excellent Narration"
Betty Jean's scenes.
Performance by Phylicia Rashad.
Most of the scenes held my interest.
Yes... except time did not permit.
"Very life like - Dam"
I have listened to this book 3 times. Everytime the characters keep me in stitches. This book reminds me sooo much of many of my friends lives. Felica Rashad, and Terry McMillan, is hilarious and makes the character so life like. This book, has something for everyone, you cry, you laugh, you say some unchristen like things, and much more. It is well worth listening to. I'm soo glad I purhcased the audible instead of reading the book. But then, "Who Asked you" (laughing) Enjoy
The fact that BJ (Betty Jean) got another chance at happiness for herself, despite all the challenges she faced. The fact that Omar finally got self confidence and became a man and told his mother he was gay, and I laughed so hard, I nearly got in trouble at work, but I'm glad she found out the way she did. Justice, for her being soo overprotective with her child, and thinking she was all that. Life knocks you down, but love and prayer together overcomes everything, when you activate faith not fear. And even though BJ was not into church, she definitely had faith.We all need it.
Emotions, emotions, that took my imagination there ini the story. I found myself looking through the window, of each of their lives.
Got cha, and who asked you anyway
Everyone should go out and purhcase it today. The rating is very close to beating my 5 star rating for 'Waiting to Exhale". Terry knocked this one out of the park. I hope a film, is on the horizon. It'll be well received.
This book is one of the best books that I've listened to in AA fiction. It was so good that I logged on to rate it, which is something that I have rarely done.
The pace of the reading was perfect, the characters was awesome and the story was easy to follow. It was like I was actually able to envision the entire story while listening.
The feeling behind the characters... they bring the characters to life through the reading... the feeling and emotions.
"Who Asked You? Very Good Listen"
It was so down to earth. It was like real life. Like my life.
Betty Jean!!! She is my mom. Everything about her is my mom. My mom is raising her two grandchildren. She has some of the same struggles as Betty Jean.
When Luther read the letter to Betty Jean. I couldn't stop crying....
When Betty Jean lost her daughter.. That was hard for her!
This book was so good. It was so real. I loved the ending!! Phylicia Rashad voice is so wonderful to listen to, she just draws you in from the beginning!!!
Interesting story, relatable issues. But some authors need to leave the reading to the professionals.
"Terry McMillan's best work .... Yet!"
I have already recommended this book to several friends!
I would compare this book to the lives of so many of my friends an family members. Truly relatable.
Girl, get your life!
Phylicia Rashad's voice is undeniable. I would love to see her in this role when this book is made into a movie.
This is the best audio book thus far. I think Terry McMillan, did a outstanding job. The characters,I could personally relate to. I even cried,when her sister finally came to herself and admitted,why she was the way she was.
Betty jean=Phylicia Rashad. I hope I spelled her name correctly. She really made this book come to life for me.
Betty Jean she seems like a "best girlfriend" I enjoyed her. I felt as if I could tell Betty anything and she had the ear to be truthful but not to judgemental.
"BACK ON TRACK"
Ms McMillan, wisely waited a few years to submit this new novel. In my opinion, she had rushed a few of her previous books and only two were to my liking. Not so of this one. I found myself, chuckling several times as I moved about the house, cooking or doing odd chores. And then, of course, as I grew into the story, I found myself in total agreement with experiences in my life that I could identify with. My only concern is, I wish Phylicia Rashad had a greater input. I never understand why authors always want to read their novels and not leave it to the professionals. I'll never get tired of Ms Rashad's speaking voice. She makes me feel as if I know EXACTLY where she's coming from. I enjoyed this novel very much.
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