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.