Who Asked You? by Terry McMillan

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in this well-crafted story of acceptance, forgiveness, and hope. McMillan (Waiting to Exhale) deftly weaves her tale of a black Los Angeles family’s disharmony around the narratives of bickering sisters Betty Jean, Arlene, and Venetia as they watch their kids stumble into adulthood.
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author…“Remember Getting to Happy, Waiting to Exhale, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back? Well, you won’t likely forget Terry McMillan’s Who Asked You? either” (Raleigh News & Observer).

When Who Asked You? begins, Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams—all the while holding down a job delivering room service at a hotel.

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. But who asked her?


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About Terry McMillan

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Terry McMillan’s debut, Mama, won the Doubleday New Voices in Fiction and American Book awards. McMillan has been honored by the NEA, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the NAACP, and Essence. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit terrymcmillan.com.
 
Published September 17, 2013 by NAL. 401 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

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on Jul 22 2013

in this well-crafted story of acceptance, forgiveness, and hope. McMillan (Waiting to Exhale) deftly weaves her tale of a black Los Angeles family’s disharmony around the narratives of bickering sisters Betty Jean, Arlene, and Venetia as they watch their kids stumble into adulthood.

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Reviewed by maiah on Dec 13 2013

Told from the viewpoint of almost every character in the novel, Who Asked You? says a lot about perspective. Additionally, it’s relatable because no one’s families are perfect, but what makes them strong is overcoming the craziness and chaos of every day life.

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