'What I do know is I'm tired of feeling navy blue when I have a right to feel lemon yellow,' McMillan, sporting a fiery, red afro, read from Savannah's chapter. McMillan, 58, said she wrote the sequel with middle-aged women in mind to "inspire women who have almost become emotionally dead...and have not given themselves more freedom to enjoy the rest of their lives." She also wanted readers to know that once you hit your 50's, "it's not all downhill from here."
|Author Terry McMillan reading to excited fans at the Black Repertory Theater|
"I had become someone I didn't even know, " she shared with the audience. When asked how she was able to move on from the past she replied, "If you're being robbed and raped of the beauty of the present, let it go."
According to McMillan, 20th Century Fox bought the movie rights to "Getting to Happy." Three of the original leading actresses from "Waiting to Exhale" are confirmed to reprise their roles--Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Lela Rochon. There's no word yet if Whitney Houston will return.
McMillan's route to happiness is taking her away from the Bay Area. The Contra Costa Times reports the author plans to move out of her suburban home in Danville and relocate to more lively cities like Los Angeles and New York. As for love, McMillan told the Berkeley audience she has dated since the divorce and is open to marriage.
"Men should be more like a semicolon and not a period. Although I'm looking for an exclamation point."
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