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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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    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 08-03-09
    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 08-03-09 Member Since 2004

    I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.

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    "Family members on the fringe."

    This book brought me to a whole new perspective on how I relate with (or don't relate with) members of my family, especially those who don't quite fit our mold of "acceptable." I'm becoming much more keen on making each person in our family "included." I also laughed alot and had a great time listening to this.

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    D. Arena USA 04-15-06
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    "Terry McMillan did it again!"

    Another audiobook on Terry McMillan work has a BIG THUMBS UP! Again, I am cheering for the main character of Terry McMillan! This audiobook kept me interested in the lives of the main characters and I find myself shaking my head, saying to myself..."uh huh... yepper.. [with a roll to the neck]..." :) Great job on yet another successful book by Terry McMillan!

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    "High School Juniors and Seniors/ Great Listening"

    I thought because the book was short it wouldn't have much to say or good info. But, I was wrong!
    I have a new grad who thought she knew it all, until she listened to this book. And, now she is a little bit more humble and listens to my suggestions. Sometimes it takes another VOICE in order to be heard.

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