Terry McMillan

Terry McMillan became one of the most popular U.S. writers of the 1990s. Critics associate her with an emergent genre in American literature--black feminist fiction--and her three best- selling books, Mama, Disappearing Acts, and Waiting to Exhale,  generated public enthusiasm beyond anything her publishers expected. As the 21st century began, her literary output slowd but received wider scholarly attention.

"At fifteen years old, all I was concerned about was what I was going to do with that thirty-two dollars I was getting as my paycheck. I had no fantasies about being a writer. First of all, back then I don't know that I even had any role models. I didn't know about any black writers when I was fifteen-- none. I didn't even know what it was I wanted to do with my life. All I knew is that I was going to college--by hook or by crook, I was going."
Terry McMillan

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