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The Interruption of Everything by Terry McMillan
In The Interruption of Everything, 44-year old Marilyn Grimes has been a woman who has put her life on hold to take care of her family. Now that her children begin to leave the nest, she tumbles into the midlife crisis to end all midlife crises. She's overweight, her mother-in-law moves in (along with her dog), her husband has a midlife crisis of his own (complete with motorcycle and mistress), her own mother is slipping into dementia, and then she finds out she's pregnant. At a time in her life when she has time to explore her own hobbies and artistic endeavors and spend time with her husband, she suddenly finds she has none of what she expected. Terry McMillan has created another female protagonist who must find what's important to her in her life. The Interruption of Everything has received mostly positive reviews with the Seattle Times saying, "What makes this book sparkle is the frank, no-holds-barred humorous look at African-American midlife, sassy dialogue between women (McMillan's specialty) and its unflinching treatment of ugly issues: drug abuse, aging, death and betrayal. As with other McMillan novels, there is a thread of hope through all the adversity."