Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan

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From the critically acclaimed author of A Day Late and a Dollar Short and The Interruption of Everything, a wise, earthy story of a friendship between four African American women who lean on each other while "waiting to exhale": waiting for that man who will take their breath away.

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 terrymcmillan.com.
Published January 3, 2006 by Signet. 544 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Travel, Self Help, Action & Adventure, Parenting & Relationships, Political & Social Sciences, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction

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McMillan's novel about friendship between four black, thirtysomething Phoenix women was a 29-week PW bestseller. (Nov.)

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'A woman of seven and twenty,' said Marianne, after pausing a .

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Entertainment Weekly

... Arizona is one of two states that don't commemorate Martin Luther King's birthday . That bothers the young black women in Waiting to Exhale, ...

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Her 1991 book, chronicling the lives of four single black female friends, sold nearly 2.5 million copies and is Publishers Weekly's current top-selling paperback.

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“I should’ve taken the risk of finding out he didn’t love me.” She realizes that she has spent “thirty-five years of my entire adult life” on men, and that who we love has “a major impact on what kind of person we turn out to be.” Impulsively, Georgia decides, in an homage to Nick Hornby’s novel ...

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