11. February 2013 · 1 comment · Categories: Fiction, Melody · Tags:

How Stella Got Her Groove Back by Terry McMillan, 368 pages, read by Melody, on 02/10/2013

Warning Spoiler Alert:  How Stella Got Her Groove Back is the mostly autobiographical story of the author Terry McMillan’s love affair and marriage to a much younger man she met on a Jamaican vacation.  Her family and friends warn her that he is just after a green card and her cash but true love prevails.  Well actually, after six and half years of marriage, the book release, and a major Hollywood film, her husband turns our to be a gay man who married her for a green card and sued to have the prenup overturned because he felt he was owed money.  It was very difficult for me as the reader to severalize the real life story of McMillan and the fictional account.  “Stella,” I would find myself yelling, “Get out.  You are going to end up on Oprah’s couch with him making catty comments about your sex life!”  Her strident defenses of Stella’s and Winston’s relationship were especially wince-worthy to me given the real life coda.  I also had problems with McMillan’s stream of consciousness writing style.  She has a sentence that is 204 words long.  204 words long!  McMillan rambles, meanders, and lazes through a lackluster story with too many words for too little plot.   Qhyrrae warned me that How Stella Got Her Groove Back was not a good use of my reading time and how very right she was.

1 Comment

  1. MRRL Staff says:

    Wow – that is interesting the fact that it is semi-autobiographical, and that the marriage ends badly. Sorry, it was a less than enjoyable read. :(