- Tapa blanda: 450 páginas
- Editor: Penguin Putnam Inc; Edición: Reprint (6 de agosto de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0451417038
- ISBN-13: 978-0451417039
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Who Asked You? (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 6 ago 2015
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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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From the # I New York Times bestselling author
Remember Getting to Happy, Waiting to Exhale, andHow Stella Got Her Groove Back? Well, you wont likely forget Terry McMillansWho 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 dreamsall 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, cant 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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I'm back...a lil late but here. Wow! An incredibly true and uplifting story. The twists, turns, family interruptions of all sorts, had me thinking how can this woman make it through another page...? This book is one we need to pass on to a family member or friend. It never loses it momentum and that credit goes to the author. In the end, I was happy for every character because they all deserved some sort of happy! Thank you Ms.Terry!👍🏾
This book is funny at times, although it starts off sad, it keeps the reader hopefully for a better future for two young boys who start off with nothing, but given love and support end up being the shinning stars their Grandma (Mrs. Betty) knows they can be, with help from the community and friends.
The storyline has many twists and turns with each character that comes into this families lives. You see the growth and potential of each person as the story goes on, and to spice things up she adds a "Nurse Kim" who place her part from the beginning until the end .
The title to this book however for us does not seem to connect to the storyline.
Ms. McMillan is a true story teller and did not disappoint the members of Turning Pages Book Club..
Due to the "initial" repetition of the same "scene" being told from different vantage points, AND an unnecessary sexual encounter in the beginning; if this book had not been assigned, I'm afraid that I would have put it down somewhere around 20%, never to be picked up again.
Thankfully, I was "forced" to continue reading and the book began to mold, take shape, and capture my attention with its colorful prose and character development somewhere around 45%
This is a book (with numerous characters) about family and friendships - you will laugh sympathize, and empathize with the characters; but mainly this book will make you stop and think about relationships between women, particularly sisters. You may even relate one or more of the characters to members of your own family.
Ms. McMillian is known for having a strong female heroine, and this offering is no different.
I enjoyed the flow and the "real life" events interweaved in the timelines; Ms. McMillian knew when to slow and speed up the tempo as if the prose were part of a musical composition.
When reading this book, be patient and not easily offended (after all...it's literature)- it will grow on you, and you will appreciate and enjoy the ending.
Narrated alternately between the sisters and a few other characters, we learn what it feels like to be struggling with racial issues, poverty, and the difficulties of raising children in LA in the Twenty-First Century.
Betty Jean has seen one child go to prison, another one lose herself to drugs, and another one who sets himself apart from the family, as if he is superior. When BJ ends up raising her two grandsons, her sisters and adult children have a thing or two to say about it.
Arlene has the most to say. Critical and judgmental, her behavior causes a rift between her and BJ. But her own son has some unexpected issues of his own.
Venetia is not as openly critical of BJ, but she still seems to feel superior. Until something happens in her own life to bring her down to earth.
These characters were so real and sometimes even funny. I enjoyed the dialogue and how the author painted a picture of their lives that I could relate to, even though my own life is different. It takes a unique talent to make the characters relatable to those who have not experienced the same things. A major theme was single mothers of all races and walks of life doing the best they can to achieve their dreams. And in the end, finding out how to fashion their own futures, even when most of their lives are behind them. Four stars.