Instaread Summary of I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan
Four out of five stars
The book of this summary can be described by the simple phrase “realistic romance.” There are two reasons for this, the first is that there is no wild romantic fantasy that is fulfilled. The second and the most important is that the main character is experiencing what nearly every person over fifty faces.
Terry McMillan is an African American optometrist that has just reached her mid-fifties. Like so many people, reaching that age causes her to engage in some retrospective thinking about the previous loves in her life. The trigger mechanism is when she learns that her first love died five years ago. This causes her to begin searching for the men in her life, where they are, what they have done and to relive why she split with them. Since this is a nearly universal mental state as one passes over the fifty hump, the plot is something that all over fifty can relate to. Although it is mentioned in the summary that this is more a book for women, the men tend to be token characters used to allow Terry to express her feelings.
Terry also plans to sell her house and make more dramatic life changes. Nearly all of the encounters with the former men in her life are more an exercise in catching up and letting go rather than rekindling any residual passion. Terry has children and they are part of the retrospective, yet from the summary it is clear that the focus is on Terry.
From the summary, it appears that Terry is very much an ordinary woman with two ex-husbands and one daughter by each. She is facing a bit of a midlife crisis that is fueled by what has become a very routine existence. There appears to be no significant sexual action expressed in the book, from the summary it appears to be focused on feelings.
If you are interested in the depiction of a female that is getting up in years and stepping in the same worn path markers, then this summary will convince you to read the book. While she is African American, that ethnic point seems relegated to a minor, if not insignificant plot device.
This book was made available for free for review purposes.