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A Day Late and a Dollar Short | [Terry McMillan]

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

The Prices are introduced by Viola, the family's outspoken matriarch: Her husband, Cecil, has shut the door behind him for the last time; and their four adult kids, scattered across the country, seem determined to send her to her grave, or at least to the hospital with worrying. Paris is divorced, mother to a nearly seventeen-year-old son and the one who always comes to everybody's rescue, although she doesn't have a clue as to how to save herself.
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The Prices are introduced by Viola, the family's outspoken matriarch: Her husband, Cecil, has shut the door behind him for the last time; and their four adult kids, scattered across the country, seem determined to send her to her grave, or at least to the hospital with worrying. Paris is divorced, mother to a nearly seventeen-year-old son and the one who always comes to everybody's rescue, although she doesn't have a clue as to how to save herself. Lewis is the scapegoat, and his troubles keep landing him in jail, which only seems to confirm what his family thinks he is. Out in Chicago, Charlotte knows she's gotten the short end of the stick for years, has "nothing in common except blood" with her parents and siblings and would just as soon divorce them all. Janelle, the baby of the family, is not only on the defensive about the course of her own life but she's facing a new crisis, a fast-brewing storm with her teenage daughter that threatens more than she's willing to admit. And don't even ask Viola about Cecil: "He's a bad habit I've had for thirty-eight years which would make him my husband." But Cecil has some ideas for taking his hardworking life into his own hands, regardless of what his wife and kids think about it.

©2001 Terry McMillan; (P)2001 Penguin Audiobooks

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    What made the experience of listening to A Day Late and a Dollar Short the most enjoyable?

    I love Terry McMillan and I had already read this book. Listening to it was like meeting old friends you had not seen in a while.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Viola, because she's about keeping it all together no matter what.


    What does Terry McMillan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Makes you visualize the characters.


    Who was the most memorable character of A Day Late and a Dollar Short and why?

    Lewis, because you know at some point his family is going to love him into being a better person. He may have been a day late and a dollar short, but you leave the book knowing he is going to be alright.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed listening to the book because I had already read it and I felt like I knew the characters, but I would have enjoyed it just as much being introduced to them the first time.

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    J. Dotson Atlanta 11-05-10
    J. Dotson Atlanta 11-05-10 Member Since 2009

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    Book reminded me of my family and how even after a death of a dear love one; it takes a heavy doze of reality to bring everyone together an on the same playing field. I love it!! It was a refresher from the other books I have been listening.

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    "Great Audiobook, Couldn't Stop Listening"

    This was a great novel, as always. It was great because it was not the outcome you'd expect. It kept my mouth wide open like "What!?!" If you like Terry McMillian, your gonna love this one, just as all the others. Interruption of Everything was my very favorite. A Definate must read.

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