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Best-selling African-American novelist Terry McMillan wrote Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got her Groove Back. Both became films starring Angela Bassett.
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Terry McMillan was born on October 18, 1951, in Port Huron, Michigan. In 1976, she published her first short story, “The End,” in Yardbird Reader. In 1987, she published her first novel, Mama, followed by Disappearing Acts, in 1989. Her hit novel, Waiting to Exhale, was published in 1992. In 1996, she published the best-selling novel How Stella Got her Groove Back. Both books were made into films.
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