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Waiting to Exhale Summary
Terry Mcmillan

Everything you need to understand or teach Waiting to Exhale by Terry Mcmillan.

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Waiting to Exhale Summary

Plot Summary

Waiting to Exhale is the story of four black women - Savannah Jackson, Bernadine Harris, Robin Stokes, and Gloria Matthews - residing in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1991. The women, who are all in their 30's, support each other through personal and professional challenges and successes. The women are savvy enough to manage every element of their lives, except finding fulfillment in love. The book's title stems from their collective anticipation of exhaling only when they have achieved satisfying relationships with a man.

The women think that they are doing everything possible to enact the change they seek in their lives, but stereotypes and bad habits seem to undermine their efforts. At the beginning of the novel, Savannah Jackson moves from Denver to Phoenix, because her friend, Bernadine lives there. Savannah has just landed a new job in Public Relations at a television station and has taken a pay cut...

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Study Pack

The Waiting to Exhale Study Pack contains about 91 pages of study material in 10 products, including:

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Waiting to Exhale Lesson Plans contain 129 pages of teaching material, including: