Getting to Happy (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Sep 7, 2010 - Fiction - 496 pages
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In WAITING TO EXHALE, Terry McMillan chronicled the lives and love affairs of women in their mid-thirties, opening up an entirely new literary field and audience for African-American writers. GETTING TO HAPPY, her exuberant and engaging "sequel," revisits the same four spirited women - Savannah, Gloria, Bernadine, and Robin - now catapulted into midlife.Fifteen years later, her heroines are as sassy, vivid, and smart-mouthed as ever. As a broadcast investigative journalist, Savannah takes pride in her work exposing secrets and scandals - but she never expected to uncover one in her own home that would bring her already diminishing marriage to an explosive end. Bernie has had man problems that put her past challenges in the shade - these days, she finds herself popping pills and forgetting details that she might do well to recall. Robin's high-rolling life as a serial shopper runs into trouble when she loses her job to a merger, and she's hardly faring any better in the world of online dating. Gloria still runs the bustling Oasis salon, but back-to-back family tragedies hit her hard. All four face tough questions about love and loss, but they keep faith in themselves and each other as their lives fall apart and reconfigure. A particular reward of this novel is the cast of younger characters - Bernadine's now-college-age Onika; Robin's daughter Sparrow; and Gloria's son Tariq, married and with young children (and problems) of his own.McMillan's pitch-perfect prose draws us into the deeply affecting stories of these women, highlighting the humor and joy that carry them through their struggles. Although girlfriend time may have eroded somewhat under life's pressures, four-way calls and movie night get-togethers continue to reaffirm the importance of friendship not only to getting by but to chasing that perennial goal - getting to happy.
  

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User Review  - janiereader - LibraryThing

While McMillan is one of my favorite authors, I have to say I was disappointed at this sequel of Waiting to Exhale. While it was interesting to see what happened to each of the main characters I ... Read full review

Getting my happy back

User Review  - hunt45 - Overstock.com

I laughed and cried at the same time, I have read everything Terry McMillian has written. Her ability to draw you in and keep you wanting more. The characters she writes about are so relatable and ... Read full review

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Contents

The Deep
Making the Cat Walk Backwards
Shake Rattle Roll
Fourteen Years
Love Dont Live Here Anymore
Coming Clean
Icebreakers
FourWay
You Can Never Be Too Sure
Grocery Shopping
Things Couldnt Be Better
Need a Fucking Vacation
Play Areas
Im Done
Thank
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Terry McMillan is the author of the critically acclaimed novels "Mama" and "Disappearing Acts." Her third novel, "Waiting to Exhale, " has been a major "New York Times" bestseller and is one of the most celebrated books of the decade. Ms. McMillan is also the editor of "Breaking Ice: An Anhology of Contemporary African-American Fiction." She lives in northern California with her son, Solomon.

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