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McMillan typically writes about relationships. Her second novel Disappearing Acts (1989) depicts a mercurial romance between a Brooklyn schoolteacher, also an aspiring singer, and a sometimesemployed building contractor. McMillan's third novel, the enormously popular Waiting to Exhale (1992; see separate entry), depicts four women—Savannah, Bernadine, Robin, Gloria—who more closely resemble Stella in striking professional success. The only mother among them, Gloria, has a son. Much like Stella, Gloria dotes on her son and wants him to be a strong, confident African-American man who is not afraid to show his feelings. Gloria, like Stella, lives in a predominantly white neighborhood so that her son can be well educated and experience life without gangs.

In Waiting to Exhale, the overriding theme again is self-realization. The four women, though well able to care for themselves financially, seek self-validation in relationships with men. Like Stella, all have had bad past...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
How Stella Got Her Groove Back from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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