How Stella Got Her Groove Back by Terry McMillan

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Stella Payne is forty-two, divorced, a high-powered investment analyst, mother of eleven-year-old Quincy—and she does it all. In fact, if she doesn't do it, it doesn't get done, from Little League carpool duty to analyzing portfolios to folding the laundry and bringing home the bacon. She does it all well, too, if her chic house, personal trainer, BMW, and her loving son are any indication. So what if there's been no one to share her bed with lately, let alone rock her world? Stella doesn't mind it too much; she probably wouldn't have the energy for love—and all of love's nasty fallout—anyway.

But when Stella takes a spur-of-the-moment vacation to Jamaica, her world gets rocked to the core—not just by the relaxing effects of the sun and sea and an island full of attractive men, but by one man in particular. He's tall, lean, soft-spoken, Jamaican, smells of citrus and the ocean—and is half her age. The tropics have cast their spell and Stella soon realizes she has come to a cataclysmic juncture: not only must she confront her hopes and fears about love, she must question all of her expectations, passions, and ideas about life and the way she has lived it.

Told in Stella's own exuberant, dead-on, dead honest voice, How Stella Got Her Groove Back is full of Terry McMillan's signature humor, heart, and insight. More than a love story, it is ultimately a novel about how a woman saves her own life—and what she must risk to do it.


About Terry McMillan

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Terry McMillan’s debut, Mama, won the Doubleday New Voices in Fiction and American Book awards. McMillan has been honored by the NEA, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the NAACP, and Essence. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit
Published January 6, 2004 by Signet. 452 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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 McMillan (Waiting to Exhale, 1992, etc.) takes it easy with this tossed-together tale of a 42-year-old black, female professional who falls for a young Jamaican cook.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of How Stella Got Her Groove Back

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Stella finds love in Jamaica and McMillan racks up another blockbuster; this 21-week PW bestseller is soon to be a motion picture from 20th Century Fox. (June)

Jun 02 1997 | Read Full Review of How Stella Got Her Groove Back

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