From Janie Crawford To Sula: Black Female Characters In Fiction We Love And Hate

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Robin Stokes, Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan

Robin as a high-powered executive was inspiring, but when we got a closer look into her life we found out she was terrible at picking men. Robin’s weakness for Russell was the setup that led to many of her failed relationships. When she had the opportunity to be with a good man, she turned it down by focusing too much on his physical flaws and then she was right back with Russell, who was married and clearly all wrong for her. Many readers had a love/hate relationship with Robin only because it seemed she was ruled mostly by naivety.

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