Terry McMillan's sixth novel (her biggest seller was "Waiting to Exhale") about a woman in mid-life learning to take care of herself without shortchanging everyone else who depends on her. Like all McMillan's novels, women's friendships figure prominently.
A heart warming story of a woman who lives for her family. Delaying her dreams for the betterment of her children and extended family. While, her children are in college,her sister on drugs ,her mother losing her memory, and,her husband deciding to have an affair and goes off to find himself. She decides sitting at the stop light waiting for permission to make changes is not whats needed. So, she finds stength to change for herself and start a new.
Marilyn and Leon have been married 25 years, she's premenopausal, he's restless, the kids are grown, and her mother-in-law gets on her nerves. She wants a change (maybe). He goes to Costa Rica to find "his center."
I wanted to really really like this book. It didn't suck, but it seemed repetitive in places and "too pat" in others. Don't get me wrong, it was a fun read, but it was too scattered - I think it could have used another pass through the editor to fix some of the weirdness in it.
BUT.... the story was good, a woman going through a mid-life crisis while her husband decides he's going to go through one too, and always her friends by her side. I only hope I have friends that love me as much as hers when I start acting crazy (yeah, okay, shut up those that know me).
Bottom line is that this would be a perfect book to read on vacation or when you needed something you could easily pick up and put down and not put too much thought into it. There are a few parts that are just heartbreaking though (her niece and nephew). So, if you cry easily, get a hanky.
Marilyn Grimes is a wife, a mother, a sister, and a daughter. Today, she's decided to make changes in her life, to do something different. Today, Marilyn Grimes has finally decided to be herself. First, she has to find out who that is.
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 workaholic husband, Leon. She also troubleshoots for her grown kids, cares for her live-in mother-in-law (and elderly poodle, Snuffy), keeps tabs on her girlfriends Paulette and Bunny and her own aging mother and foster sister and holds down a part-time job. But at forty-four, Marilyn's got too much on her plate and nothing to feed her passion. She feels like she's about ready to jump. She's just not sure where.