How Stella Got Her Groove Back

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Penguin, Jan 6, 2004 - Fiction - 464 pages
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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.

 

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User Review  - CatEllington - LibraryThing

Give Terry McMillan credit for a great effort... How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a fairly decent read, but it was not as exciting, gripping, or personable for me as the far more superior Waiting to Exhale had been. Read full review

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User Review  - Lydia_Thompson - LibraryThing

A great romance novel. I prefer this book over the movie that was actually created from this novel. It has drama, romance, and a few parts that were funny. I found myself finding it pretty difficult to put this book down. A great read for a romance fix whether you are single or situated. Read full review

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Contents

Acknowledgments
WHOREYOUGOING
RUNAT
MAYBE THEY ACCIDENTALLY
WAKE
OKAY SO WHEN
I MREALLY BEGINNING
FEELBAD
ITAINT NOTHING
MY ARMS
JUST KNOW
MOM WHERES WINSTON?
YOU JUST DONT
ONE TWO
ITIS LABOR
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Terry McMillan is the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of five previous novels and recipient of the Essence Award for Excellence in Literature.

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