"Getting to Happy" by Terry McMillan

"Getting to Happy"

By Terry McMillan

Viking, $27.95, 400 pages

Terry McMillan's "Waiting to Exhale" was a breakthrough best-seller when it was published in 1992. The film, starring

Whitney Houston


Angela Bassett

, extended the popularity of this female-bonding classic. Now McMillan has summoned the women back to the page, as she writes:

"Fifteen years later, however, these women suddenly began to reclaim their place in my heart, and, like old friends you haven't seen since college, I wondered how they might be faring now."

Each woman in "Getting to Happy" is at a bit of a crossroads in her life, trying to figure out where she fits into the world.

McMillan will appear at Printers Row Lit Fest, June 4-5. For details, visit