By Terry McMillan
Much-heralded and lengthy awaited, Terry McMillan's tour-de-force novel introduces the fee family-matriarch Viola, her sometimes-husband Cecil, and their 4 grownup teenagers, each one of whom sees life-and one another-through thick and skinny, and fully on their lonesome phrases. together with her hallmark exuberance and forged of characters so sassy, resilient, and entire of existence that they breathe, dream, and shout correct off the web page, the writer of the outstanding best-sellers ready to Exhale and the way Stella received Her Groove again has given us a unique that takes us ever-further into the hearts, minds, and souls of America-and supplies us six extra pals we by no means are looking to go away. • Abridged. 4 cassettes, 6 hours
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Vegas being a desert, and where our litde stucco house is, ain't no grass to cut, no hedges to trim, no weeds to pull, no pool to clean, so this is when he started hanging around the crap tables and at the same time discovered he could still drive his truck: ram it into some litde dumb cunt, who probably thought she'd found herself a genuine sugardaddy. Unfortunately, Cecil's truck ain't had no pickup in years so what this chile is getting I don't know. In all honesty, I really ain't missed him personally, but what I do miss is his presence.
My friend Loretta promised to bring me my teeth, which I know is somewhere on the dining-room floor, 'cause I heard 'em slide across the wood when the paramedics picked me up and slung me onto that stretcher. But her car's been in the shop. Loretta is my next-door neighbor. She's white and nice and a brand-new widow. She even trying to teach me how to play bridge. I just hope she watering my plants and got the rest of that stuff out the refrigerator, 'cause I was cleaning it when I first felt my chest go tight.
That thought alone made me start crying, and I don't like to cry, 'cause it always do me right in. I couldn't get no air to come through my nose or mouth, and I clenched my fist and said in my head, "God give me strength," as I made my way to my room and sat on the edge of the bed, turned on my machine, grabbed that plastic tube, and sucked and sucked until my palms got slippery and my forehead was so full of sweat that I snatched my wig off and threw it on the floor. I love Lewis. Would give him my last breath.