Terry McMillan

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Budding Novelist
McMillan's first novel, Mama, was modeled after her own mother, while her second, Disappearing Acts, mirrored her failed relationship with Leonard Welch, the father of her child. Building on her literary career, McMillan would accept a position at the University of Arizona at Tucson's English department in 1989.

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