Welcome to our first week’s discussion of…
It’s Not All Downhill from Here by Terry McMillan
We read chapters 1-10 this week. What did you think? What do you hope to see happen? Start discussing in the comments below!
For week two of our Book Club, please read chapters 11-20 by Tuesday, September 29.
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I’m loving this book so far. Maybe because I can relate to some of the stories. Can’t wait to see what happens as the story progresses. I particularly like the long friendship of Lo and the ladies. They are all so different but they continue to be there for each other.
I can relate to common threads with these women as they deal with age. The process of making changes to one’s life at any stage can be daunting, and Loretha makes stops and starts in the journey towards health and reshaping her life. Connections with her friends are vital, charming, and humanly flawed. Her children and sister struggle and and are not close physically or emotionally. And she keeps giving. I’m enjoying her kindness in taking in Carl’s son. I’m hopeful that this generosity of spirit will ultimately help those she loves, including Loretha herself.
This book is making me think my family and friends aren’t really all that dysfunctional comparatively! Lots of messed up people. I do love the dog’s name though.
I am hoping that the children of the women learn to take responsibility for themselves. Some of the characters are flat, underdeveloped., perhaps we see them become dynamic and rounded in subsequent chapters.
Lots of fricking drama, some “unlikeable’ characters and some story lines don’t appear to be well developed. Entirely to much enabling, low or no self-esteem. Nice to have a “cash-cow” supplier and idealistic fulfilment of hopes, dreams, determination, strength and joys of the “little blue pill.
Completed the read, had early rerun date not changeable.
I am loving this book for several reasons. The ladies are funny and make me laugh. I admire them for being friends so long and supporting each other through the years. I am getting an insight to a different culture from which I am used to. I am learning, laughing, and enjoying their trials and tribulations.
I just received the book today-looks like a fun read that I will enjoy. I will keep reading!
Not sure what I think of this book yet. What do I hope happens? That these women stop enabling their children and find something to do besides talk about their health (or lack thereof). Few of the characters, other than Korynthia, seem to have any real self esteem. I’m just a little older than these women so I’m surprised that they seem so childish and aimless. I’ll keep reading…