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Disappearing Acts

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  8,052 ratings  ·  127 reviews
He was tall, dark as bittersweet chocolate, and impossibly gorgeous, with a woman-melting smile. She was pretty and independent, petite and not too skinny, just his type. Franklin Swift was a sometimes-employed construction worker, and a not-quite-divorced daddy of two. Zora Banks was a teacher, singer, songwriter. They met in a Brooklyn brownstone, and there could be no w...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 6th 2004 by NAL Trade (first published 1989)
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Roy
"Waiting to Exhale" received all of the acclaim and is the book that changed the face of publishing to a significant degree as the industry suddenly realized that African Americans read too, and sometimes even like to read about fictional characters who remind them of themselves. But in my opinion this is Ms. McMillan's strongest novel. It's easy to become immersed in her work, forgetting that you're reading and instead envisioning yourself as a fly on the wall easedropping on lives that seem as...more
Kaylah Turner
I’m reviewing the book Disappearing Acts by Terry McMillan. It’s a fictional book about a black woman and man who struggle with society’s views, relationships, and life in general.

Disappearing Acts is based on the everyday struggles of a black woman Zora, and man Franklin, living in New York during the 80’s. Franklin is a tall handsome handyman who works construction. He’s very intelligent, but knows that means little when your black and a high school dropout. Franklin feels no one will ever gi...more
Linda
I'm not really a Terry McMillan fan, but I really admired this book. I thought it was a pretty honest portrayal of the progression of a romantic relationship-- first you're enamored; then you're disillusioned, sometimes to the point of being disturbed; then, maybe, you find your way back to each other. It's not an uncommon storyline, but the way she exposes her characters' darker (yet utterly mundane) side is pretty unusual in fiction.
Kadedra
The Disappearing Acts

The Disappearing Acts is a realistic fiction novel by Terry Mcmillan. The theme of the book is to not let a man corrupt your personal beliefs and decisions. The Disappearing Acts mainly focuses on Zora an aspiring singer who meets a man named Franklin, who is not so stable but she falls in love wit him. Zora moves to New York to try and get her singing career started and Franklin was one of the contractors working on some renovations in her new apartment. They begin dating...more
Tuesday
Dec 02, 2009 Tuesday rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
This book started off pretty good. Kept me interested and coming back for more. I am mid way through the book and I find myself having to motivate myself to continue on. I so want to put this book down and start a new one but I have decide that my New Year's resolution for 2010 is to finish what I start. There is no better time than the present to make a lifestyle change. But this book is making me regret that change.

It is way too mushy for my taste. And Zora is a pathetic fool who is madly in l...more
Bonnie Lynn
Disappearing Acts is the only book I've read by this author. What made me enjoy the book so thoroughly was the way the characters were developed in alternating chapters, each describing an incident as reflected by his/her point of view. As time passes and their relationship inevitably changes, I found myself carried along - then caring about - what happened to these two people. It didn't matter to me whether I agreed with one or the other, was annoyed with or, at times, irritated by both. Be it...more
Cynthia
"Disappearing Acts" is the epitome of what happens to women (and men) when we don't ask the potential relationship question "What does he/she bring to the table other than good looks and great sex?" In the case of Zora and Franklin, this unanswered question brought about chaos into what was once an orderly focused existence (and oh yeah, a baby to make things interesting) .

Zora, college graduate/music teacher/middle class and Franklin, high school drop-out/baby daddy of two/blue collar, meet inn...more
Tracy Elizabeth
This book, from the moment I picked it up, I was unable to put down. It was GREAT, TERRIFIC, AMAZING, I can barely find words to fit this beautiful book. Filled with betrayal, anger, pride, and love, this book amazed me. I didn't even want to return it to the library. THis book is beautiful, it's really a work of art.
Lisa Harris
This is another typical McMillan novel. I just couldn't get my mind around these characters. At a certain point sympathy turns to pity.
Sandra
I think this is the best written of Terry McMillan's books.
Raquel
Loved it! The movie is among my favorites...among the first movies I ever owned (Dirty Dancing was the first...my all time favorite movie...it was a gift). I have it on VHS and whenever I'm in the mood, AND one of my VCRs is wired correctly, I watch it. It's out on DVD now, so I'll need to hook that up. This film was the beginning of my love of Sanaa Lathan (Zora), and with the name "Zora". I already knew and loved Zora Neale Hurston, but never considered naming my potential future daughter that...more
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Dec 18, 2007 ♥T♥I♥N♥K♥E♥R♥B♥E♥L♥L rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: amybody who think they are all that and needs a wake up call
The main point of this book is for a girl to relaize that what glitter is not always gold. Also, it shows or portrays a moral life of a young girl who does not know what she want. The setting of this book is in Brooklyn, New York on teh east side. Zyra decides she wants to do better so she moves into a new apartment and meets Frankie. Her and Frankie start a terminal realtionship, and decides to have intercourse. After the first couple of intercourse's, she gets pregnant, kills her baby nad dec...more
Danielle Sheppard
The "Disappearing Act" is basically an Urban love story,novel provides a realistic portrayal of a relationship between a black man and woman struggling to find their place in life separately and together. The disappearing act is written in the first person, its Zora and Franklin's point of view, And different events in their relationship over the course of two and a half years. Franklin is a construction worker, and a carpenter who never graduated from high school. The subjects of this novel is...more
T Neff
What a intriguing story! It was a page turner from beginning to end. I really enjoyed it. It was emotionally touching. If you like books like this, you should also "Under the Peach Tree" by Charlay Marie.
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Read this book around 1991-92 after reading an except of it in an Essence magazine. Back then, no one knew Terry McMillan so the book was very hard to find (at least hard to find in Birmingham LOL). I thoroughly enjoyed the book and still consider it one of her best. I think that it would still be a great read, however, there are events, people and places in the book that will date it (Stephanie Mills was still recording and touring). The movie, which I was so excited about, was, like most books...more
P. Afua
This is one of my favourite Terry McMillian creations. I love the way she navigates the story by clearly establishing the voice of her two protagonists.

Asiah Emmons
This will and will forever be my favorite book forever!!!!!!!!!!!! I've read it twice. The movie doesn't compare.
A.T. Hicks
Despite Waiting to Exhale being her breakout hit, Disappearing Acts is actually my favorite novel by Terry McMillan. I loved the raw intensity of the relationship between the main character and her construction worker take-no-prisoners boyfriend.

The best thing about this book: it was swimming in uncharted waters for black female authors at the time. But she did something even more profound--she introduced black women to chick lit!

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Brittany Jamison
Picked this up at random and was imediately hooked. Possibly cliche, but I was from the beginning. McMillan writes a wonderfully complex story about love and people and relationships that really does suck in the reader. Her characters are comlpilcated and flawed yet you care about them and their relationship. It definately reads "like a movie" and I haven't had that feeling about a novel in a long time. Especially enjoyed McMillan's writing style and her skill at crafting people and places and e...more
Yolanda Duncan
This was a great story. Terry McMillan has a way of making you feel like you know her characters. I was actually sad that the story was over.
Desiree
is it bad if I say this book was like, ...erotic, in a good way?
KittyKat
I read this book in one day it was a great read
Pamm
I could personally relate to this book because I have witnessed similar situations in the my own African American family. The relationship forged between Zora & Franklin appears to be ideal on the outside but soon problems emerge. Franklin's ups and down's with work as a construction worker begin to eat away at him and the abuse he suffered from his childhood begins to surface through his depressed moods and his hostile anger. Zora and Franklin have to grow their issues. This was an easy to...more
Michelle Robinson
Mar 26, 2010 Michelle Robinson rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Michelle by: I found it after reading MAMA by the same author.
McMillan's novel was so descriptive that I felt as if I could know these people.

I was alternately angry with Zora and Franklin. I realized that the lives described here were so real that I have witnessed these very dynamics in relationships.

This book was far better than either "Stella" as was another earlier work of McMillan, "Mama". That book was one of the best books that I ever read. This was a close second. I honestly believe that McMillian's earlier books were better than her later more com...more
Shiloh
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Carrie
Disappearing Acts was actually the first McMillan book I've read and I must say I like her style! I thought the book was good. I really liked Zora's personality. She is a very sweet girl. Franklin made me hate him at some parts of the story. I was wondering how sweet Zora even put up with him for as long as she did! I guess when you're in love, you do stupid things! Im looking forward to delving into more McMillan novels! And I can't wait to see the movie Disappeaing Acts as well!
Latina
I believe that this was the first book I read as an adult. I really enjoyed it. I seen the film years later but I have to say that I like the book better not to say that Wesley Snipes and Sanaa Lathan did not do their thing. Reading the book I was able to capture the setting, the mood of the characters and I just overall enjoyed the story line. I feel as though Franklin was the flat character while Zora the strong black women in the book.
Eva Leger
Feb 08, 2009 Eva Leger rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone who loves great fiction
Recommended to Eva by: don't remember
Shelves: b-urban-fiction
This is most definitely in the top ten favorite books of all-time. This is one of the best books ever written by one of the best authors to have ever lived.
I'm not the biggest fan of too many details yet years and years after reading this I can still remember some. Zora and Franklin are also two of the best made characters I've ever come across.
I recommend everyone at least giving this a shot- I know no one who hasn't loved it!
Lola
Disappearing Acts is an amazing romance novel, it truly shows the ups and downs of getting to know someone, accepting feelings and initially - falling in love. Unlike your typical fairy tale it is realistic, and shows love as an emotion rather than an admiration if assets. The story captures the true meaning of a real time love, two ordinary individuals coming together to create a bond. Loved it!
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Terry McMillan is an African-American author. Her interest in books comes from working at a library when she was sixteen. She received her BA in journalism in 1986 from the University of California at Berkeley. Her work is characterized by strong female protagonists.

Her first book, Mama, was self-promoted. She achieved national attention in 1992 with her third novel, Waiting to Exhale, which remai...more
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