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Disappearing Acts

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  9,828 ratings  ·  139 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, 464 pages
Published January 6th 2004 by NAL (first published 1989)
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"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
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"Franklin's tired of women, tired of trouble. He's young, he's six-feet-four and he likes to pump iron. But his ex-wife's riding him for money to keep their two children, and there's no security in construction work. Not in New York anyway, and especially not if you're black. All Franklin really wants is to stay together, stay in work and, most of all, stay out of love.

And Zora. She's a music teacher, fresh from Ohio, looking for that one big break as a singer-songwriter. She's going to
Dec 02, 2009 Tuesday rated it 1 of 5 stars
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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
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.
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
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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
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
a. chigozie
I liked that Terry McMillan dived right into the storyline. And the fact that it was a romance pulled me right in. But I won't lie, I spent most of the time trying to figure out when Zora was going to leave Franklin for good. It didn't seem like Zora and Franklin had a lot of good times and he was so insufferable. Throughout most of the book I wondered why they Zora was still dealing with him. I wasn't committed to their relationship or "love" and for must of the book wondered where the romance ...more
My question to Zora does Franklin deserve your love?

The story line resonates with me. Franklin and Zora are untangled in this web of disappointment, deception, abuse, and love. Although they both aware of declining of their relationship, they decided to weather the storm. The final outcome is to do your homework before getting deeply involve in a relationship.

"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
Too many p@&$!, d@&$, and mf's for my taste. Franklin appeared to be your average 'mad at the white man' black man who put his blame on everyone else. Zora, a successful woman struggling to love him, but at the same time settling for a man that added to her hardships instead of helping her get to where she was trying to go...
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.
Franklin is just pathetic and whiny and needy and frustrating and selfish and Zora was just stupid to stick around with him for so long! I flew through this book waiting for Zora to get her act together and was PISSED at the end when she let the loser back into her life!
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.
I love this book so much. Easily my favorite by Terry McMillan.
I think this is the best written of Terry McMillan's books.
This happens to be my favorite book by Ms.McMillan ***I've read every book by her*** I still remember reading it like it was yesterday the movie was good too. Zora seemed like the perfect ambitious woman who met the wrong man (kind of sorta) don't get me wrong Franklin was a good guy too I just believe he could have done better by Zora and his baby. I fell in love with Zora from the movie & the book I did not find out about the movie until I was done with the book and I believe the casting w ...more
Loved it! The movie is among my favorites...among the first movies I ever owned (Dirty Dancing was the all time favorite 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
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
Ive read a few of Terry McMillan's books and they all have a similar theme , black women weak for dirty useless, lecherous men. And disappointingly this book has the same theme. It held my interest because it contained a lot of action, from sex to domestic abuse and following the exciting life of a recording artist. But I am real tired of the smart, strong black female characters that lose all their senses when becoming involved with a useless abusive black man.
Shamekia Bailey
I read this book so many years ago as a new blossoming teenager at the tender age of 13. This book opened my eyes to a new world of reading. I'm not sure if I quite understood what I was reading just yet. But it was a very strong novel! I fell in love with African American Fiction after reading this. Franklin and Zora set the tone for black love. Great read!! Still one of my favorites!
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.
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!

Peaches and the Gambler (#1) by A.T. Hicks
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.
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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
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“Too many of us are hung up on what we don't have, can't have, or won't ever have. We spend too much energy being down, when we could use that same energy – if not less of it – doing, or at least trying to do, some of the things we really want to do.” 2699 likes
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