“I Almost Forgot About You” by Terry McMillan, Crown Publishing, $27, 355 pages, hardcover
While it may seem like Terry McMillan’s absence of new work lasted a long time, there is excellent news. She’s back. Yes, the novelist who wrote big sellers such as “Waiting to Exhale” and “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” has a new book.
“I Almost Forgot About You” is refreshing, different, funny and realistic.
As the story opens, readers are introduced to Dr. Georgia Young, an optometrist with a very successful practice. By all accords, Georgia should be happy with herself, in spite of two failed marriages. Not even her two daughters can fill the hole that is in her life.
One day Georgia tells her best friend, Wanda, that she is thinking of giving up the practice, selling her house, and following her heart. Wanda tells her that is a pretty gutsy move for a 54-year-old woman.
Encouraged by Wanda, Georgia brings order to her life. She starts to think about the men in her past, and decides she wants to talk to them. Georgia comes to the realization that there were good and bad in each of her relationships. Thus, she wanted to know if her mates had the same types of experience. Above all, she wanted to wish them all well.
McMillan’s work on character is excellent. For example, Georgia is a sensible woman who is mature and honest about herself and others. Throughout the book Georgia laughs at herself and others, showing the human condition in bright light. Georgia is likable and readers to want to cheer for her, showing that McMillan is a master at her craft.
Without a doubt, this book will be a hit with anyone who feels stuck in life and is ready to make a move. McMillan has done it again. Get this book and read about Georgia’s journey. This is another book that should be on everyone’s reading list.