c.2020, Ballantine Books Learn how your comment data is processed. It's Not All Downhill from Here, from Terry McMillan, is a story about finding yourself again after an unexpected loss, with help and laughter from some lifelong friends. But before it had even started, her birthday weekend ended in a way that Loretha could never have imagined, with a loss both unfathomable and unfair. Getting old ain’t for sissies. Korynthia, Poochie, Lucky and Sadie stepped back and let Carl handle a special treat: a weekend at Loretha’s favorite hotel in Palm Springs, just the two of them. Cinnamon announced that she was pregnant with twins and could she have one of Loretha’s rentals? I dream it, I work hard, I grind 'til I own it. © Copyright 2020, Washington Informer Newspaper. $28 It’s Not All Downhill From Here by Terry McMillan is a true-to-life story about a black woman in her late 60s dealing with tragedy after tragedy and trying to find the good although she feels society telling her she’s too old to improve her life. All Rights Reserved. But when tragedy strikes on her birthday, Loretha wonders if she can ever pick up the pieces since she feels she’s in advanced age. 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It’s Not All Downhill from Here by Terry McMillan Looking for a transformation, Loretha makes little steps as she tries to fix the issues within her family and find her happiness again. This story reminded me of my mother and her friends, who are in the same age group. Her mother is in a nursing facility and won’t stop talking about dying soon. The issues touched on in the book do give the story depth, it just wasn't for me. On the health side, Loretha can’t stop eating fast food and sweets that have led to obesity and diabetes. My rating: 4 of 5 stars, *Given an advanced reading copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*. It’s not all downhill from here. He would listen to her wishes, but her girlfriends? Required fields are marked *. The last thing Loretha Curry wanted was another “surprise” birthday party. It’s Not All Downhill From Here by Terry McMillan is a true-to-life story about a black woman in her late 60s dealing with tragedy after tragedy and trying to find the good although she feels society telling her she’s too old to improve her life. Loretha Curry is turning 68. Loretha has a 40-something daughter who’s an alcoholic and a son she never gets to see because he lives in Japan with his family. Related Stories Why This Author Wants More Black Women In Romance . But when an unexpected loss turns her world upside down, Loretha will have to summon all her strength, resourcefulness, and determination to keep on thriving, pursue joy, heal old wounds, and chart new paths. “It’s Not All Downhill from Here” actually comes at the right time: it reminds readers that even in Novel-Land, things can get messy and you’ll be OK. Find it for your next book-group virtual-meet. And life goes on after a bad event: uphill sometimes, and sometimes not …, FaceTime isn’t cuttin’ it. A weekend away with Carl would be perfect. Readers who’ve glued together the pieces of a life shattered know all about this, and what it’s like to do it again tomorrow, if the need arises. It was exactly what she needed to take her mind off everything: her mother had been moved into assisted living, her sister Odessa was some kind of witch, her daughter Jalecia was heaven-knows-where and probably high on something, her granddaughter Cinnamon was a “space cadet,” and Loretha was just plain tired. Gabrielle Union Adds ‘Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls’ to #BookToTV Roster, Saying Goodbye to Bookstore Entrepreneur Poppy of TV’s ‘Single Parents’, ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ TV Review: Find a Way, ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ TV Review: Picture Perfect, Dakota Fanning’s Role in ‘Sweetness in the Belly’ Sparks Debate on Whitewashed African Stories, Gabrielle Union Shines Light on Books by Black Women With Screen Projects. Then Korynthia insisted that Loretha join her dance class, some young man showed up and announced that he was Carl’s long-lost son, and Poochie started planning an all-girls cruise week. McMillan’s characters possess just the right amount of wisdom for that, which will appeal not so much to her younger readers as, perhaps, to the age group that originally loved “Waiting to Exhale.”. BOOK REVIEW: ‘We Gather Together: A Nation Divided, A President in Turmoil, and a Historic Campaign to Embrace Gratitude and Grace’ by Denise Kiernan, BOOK REVIEW: ‘Unprepared: America in the Time of Coronavirus,’ Introduction by Timothy Egan, Complied and Edited by Jon Sternfeld, ‘Waiting to Exhale’ to Become TV Series, Author Says, BOOK REVIEW: ‘Black Women, Black Love: America’s War on African American Marriage’ by Dianne M. Stewart, BOOK REVIEW: ‘An Environmental History of the Civil War’ by Judkin Browning and Timothy Silver, BOOK REVIEW: ‘Reclaiming Her Time’ by Helena Andrews-Dyer and R. Eric Thomas, BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South’ by Chip Jones, Be a Part of The Washington Informer Legacy. Skype’s not enough. Overall, it’s a good read that becomes thought-provoking of what we endure by a certain age and how we let age define what’s next for us with forgetting to live in the present. Sign me up! The two longtime friends chat about McMillan's latest novel, It's Not All Downhill From Here, and the topics the book tackles: aging, friendship, race and sex. Staying at home, alone and staring at four walls, wasn’t an option, though.
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