Terry McMillan

“Terry McMillan (born October 18, 1951) is an American author. Her work is characterized by relatable female protagonists.

McMillan’s first book, Mama, was published in 1987. Unsatisfied with her publisher’s limited promotion of Mama, McMillian promoted her own debut novel by writing thousands of booksellers, particularly African-American bookstores, and the book soon sold out of its initial first hardcover printing of 5,000 copies. She achieved national attention in 1992 with her third novel, Waiting to Exhale. The book remained on The New York Times bestseller list for many months and by 1995 it had sold over three million copies. The novel contributed to a shift in Black popular cultural consciousness and the visibility of a female Black middle-class identity in popular culture. McMillan was credited with having introduced the interior world of Black women professionals in their thirties who are successful, alone, available, and unhappy. In 1995, the novel was adapted into a film directed by Forest Whitaker and starring Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, and Lela Rochon.”

In 1998, another of McMillan’s novels, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, was adapted into a film starring Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs. McMillan’s novel Disappearing Acts was subsequently produced as a direct-to-cable feature, starring Wesley Snipes and Sanaa Lathan and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. In 2014, Lifetime brought McMillan’s A Day Late and a Dollar Short to television audiences, starring Whoopi Goldberg and an ensemble cast featuring Ving Rhames, Tichina Arnold, Mekhi Phifer, Anika Noni Rose, and Kimberly Elise. McMillan also wrote The Interruption of Everything and Getting to Happy, the sequel to Waiting to Exhale.”

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Novels

  • Mama. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1987.
  • Disappearing Acts. Penguin Group US. 1989. 
  • Breaking Ice: An Anthology of Contemporary African-American Fiction. Penguin Books. October 1990. 
  • Waiting To Exhale. Viking. May 1992.
  • How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Viking. 1996. 
  • A Day Late and a Dollar Short. Penguin Group US. 2001. 
  • It’s OK if You’re Clueless: and 23 More Tips for the College Bound. Viking Adult. March 2006. 
  • The Interruption of Everything. Penguin Group US. May 2006.
  •  Getting to Happy. Penguin Group US. 2010.
  • Who Asked You? Viking, September 2013.
  • I Almost Forgot About You. Crown, New York. 2016.

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