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Terry McMillan

Author of Waiting to Exhale

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About the Author

Terry McMillan was born in Port Huron, Michigan on October 18, 1951. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986, studied film at Columbia University, and enrolled in the Harlem Writer's Guild. Her books include Disappearing Acts, Mama, A Day show more Late and a Dollar Short, The Interruption of Everything, Getting to Happy, and Who Asked You? Her books Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back were adapted as major motion pictures. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Terry McMillan

Associated Works

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story (2021) — Contributor — 1,300 copies
Why I Write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction (1998) — Contributor — 183 copies
Erotique Noire/Black Erotica (1991) — Contributor — 156 copies
Gumbo: A Celebration of African American Writing (2002) — Contributor — 124 copies
Loving Donovan (2003) — Introduction, some editions — 119 copies
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contributor — 114 copies
Dick for a Day: What Would You Do If You Had One? (1997) — Contributor — 103 copies


Common Knowledge



This book is really ZERO stars. It comes off as a cash grab for Terry McMillain to have source material to make a Waiting to Exhale II.

Let's start with how all the good guys go to shit, shall we?
Gregory Hines passed away at some point either before or during her writing this, so she wrote Marvin out the book (he gets murdered buying a Xmas tree in a gang shootout, wtf?). After being married to Gloria for 15 years, you know she back to being a wreck like she was pining for her gay baby daddy back in the day. Her getting to happy is gaining back all the weight she lost after he dies and having her deadbeat ass girlfriends jock her constantly about it.

James (you know the guy that was married to the dying white woman in the first book that swept Bernie off her feet respectfully) is now ia con artist with a very alive and black wife, who has ran through all her money while Bernie is a pill head. That's right,her getting to happy is being a mainlining junkie circling the toilet bowl of ex's because, get this, she winds up taking John back after his trash wife leaves him and their mulatto kid behind.

Robin is still circling the bowl in love on the shallow end of ex's as well, since her getting to happy is returning back to Michael (you know, she could have had a V8 the peen was so tiny) because he loses weight. I'd rather she go back to flip flopping with Russell trifling ass (who is also floating around, same as before, attempting to be something he aint).

Savannah finally gets a husband that ain't tied to somebody else, and her getting to happy is dumping him because after some years she's bored with him. So now, at age 50, she wants alone time after bagging and tagging her man. That's her getting to happy.

Doesn't help that Whitney Houston died by the time this was released (and she was in talks to star in the sequel) so I'm expecting Savannah to die off in Book 3.

This is a redundant snooze fest slash complete desecration of characters we know and love from the 90s. Pass right on by it, unless you like the weak, dull, boring, neverending explorative narration that has underwhelmed all of Terry McMillan's books since How Stella Got Her Groove Back. This one is worse than A Day Late and A Dollar Short, and that one was a stinker.
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Articul8Madness | 11 other reviews | Nov 6, 2023 |
RCornell | 12 other reviews | Oct 19, 2023 |
Very insightful, I'm at the right place in my life to have been able to to relate to Georgia. I enjoyed her as a character and that the story was ultimately about friendship and love.
Chanicole | 98 other reviews | Jul 6, 2023 |
Stella, goes on vacation and falls in love. Problem is he is younger than Stella and she just can't get over the fact that she is in love with a younger man. What is interesting is that while men do this all the time, Stella fights her feeling over what is going on.
foof2you | 13 other reviews | Apr 4, 2023 |



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Barbara Neely Contributor
Charles Johnson Contributor
Gayl Jones Contributor
Randall Kenan Contributor
Nathaniel Mackey Contributor
Clarence Major Contributor
Paule Marshall Contributor
John McCluskey Jr. Contributor
Colleen McElroy Contributor
Mary Monroe Contributor
Gloria Naylor Contributor
Richard Perry Contributor
Doris Jean Austin Contributor
Darryl Pinckney Contributor
Connie Porter Contributor
Ishmael Reed Contributor
Fatima Shaik Contributor
Ntozake Shange Contributor
Barbara Summers Contributor
Cliff Thompson Contributor
Alice Walker Contributor
John A. Williams Contributor
Xam Wilson Cartier Contributor
Al Young Contributor
Angela Jackson Contributor
Kristin Hunter Contributor
Steven Corbin Contributor
Don Belton Contributor
David Bradley Contributor
Wesley Brown Contributor
Octavia Butler Contributor
Carolyn Cole Contributor
Amiri Baraka Contributor
Wanda Coleman Contributor
Toni Cade Bambara Contributor
Samuel R. Delany Contributor
William Demby Contributor
Melvin Dixon Contributor
Rita Dove Contributor
Trey Ellis Contributor
Arthur Flowers Contributor
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