The Interruption of Everything

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Viking, 2005 - African American families - 365 pages
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Since Terry McMillan's breakout novel Waiting to Exhalesurged onto the bestseller lists, critics and readers alike have been captivated by her irreverent, hilarious, pitch-perfect tales of women's lives and contemporary issues. With The Interruption of Everything, her sixth novel, McMillan takes on the fault lines of midlife and family life, reminds us once again of the redeeming power of friendship, and turns her eye toward the dilemma of how a woman starts to put her own needs higher on the to-do list while not shortchanging everyone else. Marilyn Grimes, wife and mother of three, has made a career of deferring her dreams to build a suburban California home and lifestyle with her husband, Leon. She troubleshoots for her grown kids, cares for her live-in mother-in-law, Arthurine (and elderly poodle, Snuffy); keeps tabs on her girlfriends Paulette and Bunny and her own aging mother and foster sister - all the while holding down a part-time job. But at forty-four, Marilyn's got too much on her plate and nothing to feed her passion.

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THE INTERRUPTION OF EVERYTHING

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The sparks fly in McMillan's latest, a crowded family drama with two midlife crises competing for attention.Marilyn Grimes suspects she's premenopausal, but tests show she's seven weeks pregnant. This ... Read full review

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User Review  - debnance - LibraryThing

I said I wasn't going to do it this year, but I did it anyway: I read, cover to cover, a seriously flawed book. Every plot point, every character, every setting, screamed cliche, cliche, cliche. Yet I ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Terry McMillan was born in Port Huron, Michigan on October 18, 1951. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986, studied film at Columbia University, and enrolled in the Harlem Writer's Guild. Her books include Disappearing Acts, Mama, A Day Late and a Dollar Short, The Interruption of Everything, Getting to Happy, and Who Asked You? Her books Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back were adapted as major motion pictures.

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