Picks and Pans Review: Book Buzz
GROOVY ROLE Her husband dumped her for another woman in the film adaptation of Terry McMillan's 1992 Waiting to Exhale, but Angela Bassett's luck is changing. The actress is set to play a single woman who finds a younger lover in the movie version of McMillan's 1996 bestseller How Stella Got Her Groove Back. "She's perfect," says McMillan, who is writing the screenplay. "I'd like to see Angela in a softer role. I think she'll be funny."
Too bad Joe Klein couldn't stay anonymous. The author of Primary Colors has been slapped with a $120 million libel suit by Daria Carter-Clark, a teacher of adult literacy at a Harlem library who claims she was the model for a character in the 1996 roman à clef. Klein's depiction of an affair between the Clintonesque protagonist and a Harlem librarian-educator he meets at an adult-literacy program has caused Carter-Clark, 53, "ridicule," says her lawyer Regina L. Darby. "She got invited to the White House, and once the book came out, people thought they knew why." Klein—who knows a thing or two about concealing true identities—contends the character is fictional.