Disappearing Acts

McMillan, Terry

Published by Viking Press, 1989
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New York. 1989. Viking Press. 1st Edition. Bump At Bottom Corner Of Front Boards, Otherwise Very Good In Dustjacket. 48. 384 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by Neil Stuart. Jacket illustration by John Jinks. Signed by The Author. 0670824615. keywords: October 18. inventory # 26152. FROM THE PUBLISHER - The critical response to Terry McMillan’s first novel, MAMA, was unanimous in its praise. The Village Voice wrote, ‘MAMA has Zora Neale Hurton’s vernacular humor and John Irving’s absurdity. McMillan is a master of black humor in both senses of the phrase. And The Boston Globe called MAMA ‘a gutsy depiction of a soul in America, evocative and inspired.’ McMillan’s tough, funny, feisty heroine, Mildred Peacock, like Alice Walker’s Celie and Gloria Naylor’s indomitable women of Brewster Place, has left an indelible mark upon her readers’ memory. In this, her second novel, McMillan takes a hard and witty look at what makes a relationship tick and what doesn’t. It’s 1982 in Brooklyn, New York. Franklin works in construction, he’s young, black, separated from his wife, the father of two, desperately trying to keep himself off the welfare rolls. He’s not predisposed to falling in love. ‘A11 I can say is this. I’m tired of women. They’re all the same, that’s for damn sure. Want all your time and energy. Want the world to revolve around them. Start hearing wedding bells. Start thinking about babies. And want you to meet their damn family. Well, I don’t play that shit no more. I try to make it clear from jump street I ain’t serious.’ And then Franklin meets Zora, a struggling singer from Ohio - But Zora’s not so sure she’s ready for love either. ‘Off and on in my life I’ve mistaken a good lay for love. Who hasn’t? Even though they’re all history now, I’ve never considered any of these guys to be ‘losers.’ Either they just had a long, long way to go and I couldn’t wait, or the direction they wanted to travel wasn’t on my map.’ Their coming together is unlikely, improbable, and electric. Narrated from alternating points of view, DISAPPEARING ACTS is a different kind of love story, rare for its lack of sentimentality and guile. As Franklin comes to learn the difference between ’maleness’ and ‘manhood,’ and Zora realizes commitment does not always signal a lack of independence; as the dailiness of earning a living and maintaining self-respect confounds and perplexes them both, Terry McMillan’s story, told with a comic lyricism seemingly discovered in the writing, moves its readers with an uncommon eloquence and wisdom. Bump At Bottom Corner Of Front Boards, Otherwise Very Good In Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: When Franklin, a young construction worker, meets Zora, a struggling singer from Ohio, neither is certain they can make the sacrifices and commitments needed to build love.

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Terry McMillan is a New York Times bestselling author of a number of novels, including Disappearing Acts, Getting to Happy, and Waiting to Exhale. She studied journalism at UC Berkeley and screenwriting at Columbia before making her fiction debut with Mama, which won both the Doubleday New Voices in Fiction Award and the American Book Award. She is also a recipient of the Essence Lifetime Achievement Award. She lives in Pasadena, California.

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Title: Disappearing Acts
Publisher: Viking Press
Publication Date: 1989
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