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Who Asked You?

Terry McMillan

Betty Jean, also known as “BJ,” has her hands full dealing with her adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams—all the while holding down a job as a hotel maid. Youngest son Dexter is in prison, oldest son Quentin is a chiropractor trying to escape his past, and drug-addicted daughter Trinetta leaves her two young sons with BJ and promptly disappears. Told from the perspectives of several characters, including BJ’s sisters Arlene and Venetia, McMillan’s eighth novel (after Getting to Happy, 2010) is a story of tough-minded, middle-aged women and the importance of love and family.