June 30, 2005

JUST DESSERTS (via M Ali Choudhury):

How 'Stella's' groove got away from her (MARY MITCHELL, 6/28/05, Chicago Sun-Times)

After convincing older women that they can find love with a man half their age, best-selling writer Terry McMillan's Tea Cake has run off -- with a man. Jonathan Plummer was 20 years old and McMillan was 43 when they met while she was staying at a Jamaican resort in 1995. [...]

Her widely read novel How Stella Got Her Groove Back is based, in part, on the steamy affair between McMillan and Plummer. McMillan is now 53. Plummer is 30 -- and he has come out of the closet. McMillan has filed for a divorce, claiming Plummer "lied about his sexual orientation" and that he married her "only to gain U.S. citizenship." [...]

Now, Plummer's calling McMillan "homophobic," and claims she cheated him out of royalties he was entitled to for "Stella."

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 30, 2005 10:46 AM

I don't think it was just desserts, though. There was definitely an entree, and obviously appertifs all around, and no one would argue there was not a side dish or two. And surely this biblical feast was followed by some antacid? No, OJ, not just desserts.

Posted by: Jordan at June 30, 2005 11:09 AM

Working on her next book now?

Posted by: Genecis at June 30, 2005 11:44 AM

10 years before he or she figured out their was a problem in the capability area? Sounds more like his orientation changed as she went from 40 to 53.

Posted by: AWW at June 30, 2005 11:47 AM

AWW: Shame on you. Don't you know that homosexuality is a fixed inborn trait that cannot be changed, no way, no how. It is male female differences that are socially constructed. Homosexuality stands on the bedrock of biology.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at June 30, 2005 12:06 PM

the first clue should have been when groove-bringer called her "mother" all the time.

Posted by: cjm at June 30, 2005 12:19 PM

Loosely related, from the inimitable Howard Veit:

Battery Powered Best Friends Can Leave You Too

It's a cold world out there.

Posted by: joe shropshire at June 30, 2005 1:02 PM