The Interruption of Everything
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In The Interruption of Everything by Terry McMillan, Marilyn finds out her marriage is failing and her life is thrown into chaos, she is determined to make a change. For her whole life, Marilyn catered to her husband Leo, and was the primary caregiver to her kids. She never regretted raising her three kids and devoting her life to them, but once they went off to college she felt empty. Marilyn was thankful to have Leo financially support her; howev...more
Marilyn Grimes tale begins with a midlife crisis. Marilyn is 44 and is trying to find herself outside the constraints of a passionless marriage, a demanding family and a long list of things she wants to accomplish on her own. Marilyn is working with a full plate; three grown children in college, a husband with a roving eye, a demanding mother-in-law, a mother suffering the beginning of dementia and a drug-addicted sister. Torn between taking care of her fam...more
McMillan's sixth novel resembles Waiting to Exhale in its warm portrayal of African-American women's friendships, sexual challenges, and familial problems__not unlike everyone else's, it turns out. Once again, McMillan limns endearing characters, enviable friendships, and memorable scenes that chart the less-than-pleasant, if strangely rewarding, aging process. Critics agree that McMillan's strength lies in capturing the everyday dramas of how people really think, live, and examine (or choose no...more
Finished the book. It was sometimes...more
The first 2/3 of the book was filled with so much complaining and criticisms that the only reason why I decided to continue on was that it's on my Kobo e-reader.
When the sisters, Marilyn and Joy, have their bonding moment it brought the novel some redeeming qualities. And the subsequent happenings with Joy all of a sudden made it a page tur...more
The truth is that the whole book was really a bad fictionalized version of Dr. Phil-like advice about menopause and ma...more
Her annoyance over her mother-in-law, the missing spark in her marriage to Leon, her woman-talk with her girlfriends, her question if she is in meno-pause or really pregnant...
If there weren't so many other books on my shelves waiting to be read I might have taken the time to finish it. But right now I'm rather in the mood for 'if you're not hooked after the certain amount of pages - don...more
Did I like the book: Yes
Would I read it again: No
Will I recommend it to friends: No
Was there anything special about the book: No
This is not a genre of book I choose to read very often because I have a hard time relating to the language and seeming lack of respect that African American women show when talking to each other. The story wasn't anything new: Man Cheats on Wife, Wife Reprioritizes Life. I just wasn't a fan of the way this author chose to repackage her version of this t...more
This author knows what she's doing and I was drawn into the character's live...more
If you want a good weekend read where you journey with the sistas...this is a good option. It is about middle aged black women and the typical crises they face at the change of life.
I had a good time with this group of dear friends who understood sista-hood. I liked the essense of thier friendship which was about being there when you are needed. Woven into the story is how much we juggle at this age.... marraige, hormones, aging parents and dysfunctional siblings...it's all there...more
Another first-person Family Reality story, as mid-forties, wife and mother, daughter and daughter-in-law Marilyn Grimes has to deal with emotional and physical problems that threaten her lifestyle (although she hasn't been too happy with the status quo).
McMillan is a master at first-person voice (Think Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got her Groove Back, both of which were successful movies). This is no exception. Great characterization and dialogue.
This book started out slow for me and I put it down and picked it back up a few months later to finish it. I hate the way the book ends. I don't understand why the author put Gordon in as a character to flirt with her and they never hook up. Although he was her first husband they had a better connection then her stupid husband. Her friends got on my last nerves with the way the talked to each other. It was ok.
Maybe this book is one that I couldn't connect with because it's about menopause and midlife crisis. I started the book because my aunt said it was really good. The only reason I finished it is because I kept waiting for the excitement or turn around but it never came. My aunt is older so maybe she could relate to the characters better. I just found it very boring.
Her first book, Mama, was self-promoted. She achieved national attention in 1992 with her third novel, Waiting to Exhale, which remai...more