Getting to Happy

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Penguin, Sep 7, 2010 - Fiction - 496 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - kendrabonnett - LibraryThing

The same women from Waiting to Exhale and the challenges that they have with marriage and family issues. Not as good as "Waiting" but it is worth reading. Read full review

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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

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Contents

The Deep End
1
Making the Cat Walk Backward
22
Shake Rattle Roll
39
Love Dont Live Here Anymore
81
Sit Still Long Enough
95
You Need to Watch Dr Phil
151
FourWay
162
Soap Opera Digest
178
Need a Fucking Vacation
269
Play Areas
294
Blockbuster Night
305
Im Done
338
Recovery Road
387
Velvet Handcuffs
411
Got a Letter
429
White Dress
453

You Can Never Be Too Sure
194
The First Ones Free
232
Things Couldnt Be Better
245
Acknowledgments
471
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About the author (2010)

Terry McMillan is the critically acclaimed author of six novels. She is also the editor of BREAKING ICE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN-AMERICAN FICTION. She lives in northern Californiawith her family

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