Who Asked You?

Who Asked You?


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Read by: Carole DeSanti
Read by: Phylicia Rashad
Read by: Michael Boatman

Format
CD – Unabridged
Price
$39.95
 
  • CD – Unabridged
  • ISBN 9781611762013
  • 10:00:00 Duration
  • Penguin Audio
  • Adult

Overview

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 Short among them— Terry McMillan has touched millions of readers. 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.

Praise

Praise for Who Asked You?

“Rich in narrative tension, nuanced humor, and moral heft.…There’s a disarming, Dickensian pleasure not only in this rich, multifarious portraiture but also in the constant glints of humor, delight, and plain weirdness that emerge in even the most terrible moments of Betty Jean’s story.” —Los Angeles Times

“Captures the universal human desire to offer advice—however unwanted—to friends and loved ones. You didn’t ask, but I’ll tell you anyway: This book is worth reading.”—USA Today

“A memorable and realistic…cast of characters.”—The Associated Press

“Gritty, engagingly chatty.…McMillan excels at depicting small, tender moments of family dynamics.”—The Seattle Times

“Right away, from page one, you know that Who Asked You? is going to be a lot of fun to read…I loved it.”—Savannah Morning News

“A well-crafted story of acceptance, forgiveness, and hope…McMillan’s story belongs to the middle-aged steel magnolias who value loyalty above all.”—Publishers Weekly

“McMillan writes jauntily and with customary good humor…Her story affirms the value of love and family, to say nothing of the strength of resolute women in the absence of much strength on the part of those few men who happen to be in the vicinity…a solid, well-told story.”—Kirkus Reviews
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