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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,052 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry McMillan Narrator: Terry McMillan, S. Epatha Merkerson, Gloria Reuben Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An exuberant return to the four unforgettable heroines of Waiting to Exhale—the novel that changed African American fiction forever

Terry McMillan’s Waiting to Exhale was more than just a bestselling novel—its publication was a watershed moment in literary history. McMillan’s sassy and vibrant story about four African American women struggling to find love and their place in the world touched a cultural nerve, inspired a blockbuster film, and generated a devoted audience.

Now, McMillan revisits Savannah, Gloria, Bernadine, and Robin fifteen years later. Each is at her own midlife crossroads: Savannah has awakened to the fact that she’s made too many concessions in her marriage, and decides to face life single again—at fifty-one. Bernadine has watched her megadivorce settlement dwindle, been swindled by her husband number two, and conned herself into thinking that a few pills will help distract her from her pain. Robin has an all-American case of shopaholism, while the big dream of her life—to wear a wedding dress—has gone unrealized. And for years, Gloria has taken happiness and security for granted. But being at the wrong place at the wrong time can change everything. All four are learning to heal past hurts and to reclaim their joy and their dreams; but they return to us full of spirit, sass, and faith in one another. They’ve exhaled: now they are learning to breathe.

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  • “The novel is full of…juicy romantic entanglements, family dysfunction, and high drama.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tricia Gauss | 2/20/2014

    " I read Waiting to Exhale in 7th grade probably a total of 10 times. I loved the story. I waited for over 10 years to be updated on the lives of these ladies. I read this book in one day. I couldn't put it down, I felt as if I was catching up with old friends. I can't wait until a movie comes out, I'm so excited and will know all the words as well!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mei | 2/17/2014

    " No where near the caliber of How Stella Got Her Groove Back... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anne Pittman | 2/11/2014

    " Nice to know how the girls were doing after so many years! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Summer Steele | 2/6/2014

    " I want to be optimistic.. however, this book is utterly depressing thus far.. im sticking it out because i have liked Toni Morrison as a writer for years and have read all of her books except the anthology.. but with this particular book.. i am NOT impressed..Sorry. can we get to happy already and stop holding our breath..i thought we exhaled years ago.. "

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