Waiting to Exhale

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The critically acclaimed novel about four women who learn how to carry on while leaning on each other from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and I Almost Forgot About You.

When the men in their lives prove less than reliable, Savannah, Bernadine, Gloria, and Robin find new strength through a rare and enlightening friendship as they struggle to regain stability and an identity they don’t have to share with anyone. Because for the first time in a long time, their dreams are finally off hold...

“Hilarious, irreverent...Reading Waiting to Exhale is like being in the company of a great friend...thought-provoking, thoroughly entertaining, and very, very comforting.”—Susan Isaacs, The New York Times Book Review
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Penguin
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Published on
Jan 3, 2006
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Pages
544
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ISBN
9781101210338
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / African American / Women
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
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This content is DRM protected.
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