Literary Techniques

In How Stella Got Her Groove Back, McMillan sets herself the task of sustaining reader interest in a woman who already has it all, and...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

Readers might discuss what the effects might be of McMillan's incorporation into her narrative of frequent expletives, slang expressions, and...

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Social Concerns

How Stella Got Her Groove Back explores the question of how to get back one's stride or "groove" when the solution conflicts with...

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(Literary Essentials: African American Literature)

Frederick, Rhonda D. “What If You’re an ’Incredibly Unattractive, Fat, Pastrylike-Fleshed Man’?: Teaching Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place.” College Literature 30 (Summer, 2003): 1-18. Presents a strategy for teaching literary interpretation tested on How Stella Got Her Groove Back.

Korda, Michael. “Black Authors Rarely Have Made the Best-Seller List.” The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education 34 (Winter, 2001): 128-130. Examines why most African American authors never make the best-seller list but Bill Cosby and Terry McMillan have.

Patrick, Diane. Terry McMillan: The...

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Literary Precedents

How Stella Got Her Groove Back belongs in a broad sense to a long literary tradition of depicting African-American gender relations....

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Related Titles

McMillan typically writes about relationships. Her second novel Disappearing Acts (1989) depicts a mercurial romance between a...

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Based upon the popularity McMillan achieved with Waiting to Exhale, film rights to How Stella Got Her Groove Back were acquired...

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