Terry Mcmillan Writing Styles in Waiting to Exhale

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Point of View

The novel is written from the points of view of the main characters. The chapters dedicated to Savannah and Robin are told from the first person narrative perspective. This means that the reader can not only experience the plot through the actions and events viewed by the main character, but can also understand the characters' thoughts and emotions. The chapters dedicated to Gloria and Bernadine are written from the third person point of view enhanced by background narrative provided by those characters' thoughts and memories. Although there are some male characters in the book, the majority of the plot line and dialogue is female-driven so the male perspective is limited.

Setting

Savannah symbolically leaves Denver, because it is cold and the men no longer hold any interest for her. The bulk of the story takes place in the desert cities of Phoenix, Tucson, Sun City, and...

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