Title Profile & Character Information

Who Asked You?

Annotation
Family ties are tested and transformed in the new novel from #1 "New York Times "bestselling author of "Waiting to Exhale" and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back"
With her wise, wry, and poignant novels of families and friendships "Waiting to Exhale," "Getting to Happy," and "A Day Late and a Dollar Short "among them Terry McMillan has touched millions of readers. Now, in her eighth novel, McMillan gives exuberant voice to characters who reveal how we live now at least as lived in a racially diverse Los Angeles neighborhood.
Kaleidoscopic, fast-paced, and filled with McMillan s inimitable humor, "Who Asked You?" opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams all while holding down a job delivering room service at a hotel. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can t be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs. The drama unfolds through the perspectives of a rotating cast of characters, pitch-perfect, each playing a part, and full of surprises.
"Who Asked You? "casts an intimate look at the burdens and blessings of family and speaks to trusting your own judgment even when others don t agree. McMillan s signature voice and unforgettable characters bring universal issues to brilliant, vivid life."

Characters
NameBetty Jean "BJ"
GenderFemale
OccupationHotel employee
TraitsAfrican American
Married
Mother
Grandmother

NameArlene
GenderFemale
TraitsAfrican American
Single mother

NameVenetia
GenderFemale
TraitsAfrican American
Married
Mother
Wealthy

GenreFiction
Multicultural
Domestic
TopicsFamily relationships
African American families
Sisters
Grandmothers
Grandsons
African American women
Parent and child
Mothers and daughters
Single mothers
Marriage
Women's lives
SettingLos Angeles, California
California
Ghetto