Waiting to Exhale is just as relevant today as it was back in 1992. She apologizes to her neighbor for snapping at him when he suggested that she should let her son grow up and experience the world, and she finds love while learning to take care of herself rather than being overly self-sacrificing in her devotion to her son and her business. I do remember I did watch the movie which I really liked and I think was very different then this book. I was honestly horrified how much infidelity went on in this book, involving characters that were meant to be sympathetic. Personally I don't think it holds up well because there have been so many other books and a sprinkling of films and a plethora of articles that are easily accessible online that discuss the same things the author does in this book. Both and the are on the hunt for.
But now that I've finally read the book, I can say it lives up to the phenomenon it once was back in the early 1990s. Seeing a heavy bag, she takes a swing at it, but ends up hurting her hand. And I hate the thought that I made a fool of myself. Bernadine herself has just found out that her husband has not only been having an affair, but is leaving her for a white woman. Gloria, a working mother, is using food to fill up the emptiness inside, while Robin uses sex.
Shining his light onto the driver of the other car, Dexter realizes that it's Doakes, who continues to relentlessly follow Dexter in hopes of figuring out Dexter's link to the Ice Truck Killer. Her work is characterized by strong female protagonists. She has problems finding a decent man of her own, while waiting for Russell to leave his wife. Listened to Waiting To Exhale by Terry McMillan. Advertisement Asthe movie version opens, broadcast executive Savannah isdriving from Denver, where there are apparently no men worth having, toPhoenix, where she hopes there are. Waiting to Exhale is the story of four black women - Savannah Jackson, Bernadine Harris, Robin Stokes, and Gloria Matthews - residing in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1991.
Frankly, the racism of these characters was a major turn off for me. Throughout it all, the friends are able to accept each other as they are, even when they disagree with life choices. This is after she's spent the last 11 years sacrificing her dreams of owning her own business to help him build his. Rita who has been calling funeral homes all day, is at her wit's end. She achieved national attention in 1992 with her third novel, Waiting to Exhale, which remained on The New York Times bestseller list for many months. McMillan's novel Disappearing Acts was subsequently produced as a direct-to-cable feature.
I do remember I did watch the movie which I really liked and I think was very different then this book. Bernadine's other two friends, Gloria and Robin, aren't faring much better; Gloria is struggling with her teenage son, Tarik, and Robin is up to her eyeballs in debt and involved with a philandering loser who uses her for money, Russell. She was saying what they needed to hear. Her weight problem becomes a serious health issue, which fortunately can be managed with a new outlook and love from a new neighbor. Puzzled, Little Chino pushes the button again, but the elevator doesn't move. I love how nineties this is! This book is about 4 ladys.
Great book to read if you want to speed up the recovery. She has problems finding someone suitable after she dumps Russell. Bernadine needed to take some lessons on being there for her kids from Gloria, because frankly, through much of the book, I thought someone should call child services on her. It was a bit difficult to keep up with all the different storylines, but I got it after a while. I must have bragged about it until my face hurt.
Dexter worries privately about finding a new location to dispose of his victims. Choose a color theme such as black and white and decorate with typical party items such as balloons and streamers. Robin's arc was somewhat satisfying, because she finally learned how to love herself without a man, but sis is way too old to be so ditzy. All of the characters had my side eye ready to explode, but as I delved deeper into the story, I grew closer to them, and better understood their pain and plight. The four women get together frequently to provide support, and to listen to each other vent about life and love. Now I'm off to read the sequel, Getting to Happy. The book's title stems from their collective anticipation of exhaling only when they have achieved satisfying relationships with a man.
I love books about women and their friendships so I thought this would be a great book for me which it was at first. A frustrated Deb spots Joey spray painting graffiti on their car. We worked together on three projects. After years alone, she falls in love with a new neighbor, Marvin King Gregory Hines. Savannah was probably the other most sympathetic character for me. The relationship fails but Robin gains new hope for her future with an unexpected development. Robin has been doing every single thing she could think to find a man to love her.
Unfortunately Terry MacMillan allowed the project to get too commercial, thus compromising her craft! A dubious Rita wonders how Dexter cooked the heroin, and how he knew how to dose Paul. Bernadine, the mother of two, is deserted by her wealthy husband who finds happiness in the arms of his white secretary. And those troubles have deep roots that extend back to the days when whites had to degrade blacks, black men in particular, to justify slavery. That being said, I truly enjoyed this novel, and the women are flawed but lovable. I didn't know he was doing the movie. I thought I would write a couple of songs and he said, 'I don't want you just to write the songs.