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Humor Is a Form of Hope

Terry McMillan

Humor Is a Form of Hope

“I don't think that humor is evasive at all. It’s how we protect our hearts from just bleeding to death.”

Bestselling author Terry McMillan knows how to write funny yet complex female characters: Savannah in Waiting to Exhale, Stella in Stella’s Got Her Groove Back, and Georgia in her latest novel, I Almost Forgot About You. Whether they’re wrestling with heartbreak, grief, or loneliness, these women use humor to face whatever life throws at them. But these characters are simply taking the lead from their creator, who sees humor as a way of “protect[ing] our hearts from just bleeding to death.”

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    Terry McMillan

    is The New York Times bestselling author of Waiting To Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Her latest novel, I Almost Forgot About You, is now out in paperback.