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National Book Festival

Terry McMillan is the oldest of five children. Her parents were separated when she was young, and her father died when she was 14. Young Terry helped her mother raise her four siblings. McMillan says she met her first black writer when she peered into the bulging eyes of James Baldwin on the back flap of “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” When McMillan released her third novel, “Waiting to Exhale,” in 1992, it caused a media sensation, was a long-running best-seller and was eventually made into a movie. The sequel, “Getting to Happy,” published in 2010, was equally successful. McMillan’s latest work is “Who Asked You?” (Penguin).

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Terry McMillan

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