By Terry McMillan
Much-heralded and lengthy awaited, Terry McMillan's tour-de-force novel introduces the cost family-matriarch Viola, her sometimes-husband Cecil, and their 4 grownup teenagers, every one of whom sees life-and one another-through thick and skinny, and fully all alone phrases. along with her hallmark exuberance and forged of characters so sassy, resilient, and entire of existence that they breathe, dream, and shout correct off the web page, the writer of the exceptional best-sellers ready to Exhale and the way Stella bought Her Groove again has given us a singular that takes us ever-further into the hearts, minds, and souls of America-and offers us six extra neighbors we by no means are looking to go away. • Abridged. 4 cassettes, 6 hours
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What I felt back then was comfortable-not comfort-just comfortable. There was no guesswork to our lives. But over the years all of it melted and turned into some kind of love, that much I do know. Speaking of heat. All my kids are too hot in the ass-which they got from their daddy's side of the family-and Paris ain't no exception. It's probably the reason they all been divorced at least once (except for Charlotte, of course, but that's only 'cause she just too stubborn to admit defeat). All four of 'em married the wrong person for the wrong reasons.
Now, Paris is the oldest. And just the opposite of Charlotte. Probably too much. Never gave me 110 trouble to speak of. And even though you love the ones that come afterwards, that first one'll always be something special. It's when you learn to think about somebody besides yourself. At the time, I was sixteen and watched too many movies, which is how I got it in my mind that one day I was going to Paris and become a movie star like Dorothy Dandridge or Lena Home and I'd wear long flowing evening gowns and sleep in satin pajamas.
I done already had two breathing treatments since this morning, what she want now? Nothing. All she do is look up at the numbers on those machines and then smile at me. " she ask, and I shake my head no, since she know good and damn well I can't hardly mumble, but she just kinda curtsy and say, "Good," then turn around and walk out! If I was able to open my mouth I'd say, "Huzzy! " But I can't talk. And Lord knows I'm scared, 'cause I'm still here in ICU and I'm bored and I wanna go home, even though I know ain't nobody there waiting for me.