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A Day Late and a Dollar Short Audiobook

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

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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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    "This book is great."

    Instead of having one person tell the whole story, Terry McMillan allows all of the major characters to tell the story. The mother begins telling the story. She then describes her (family) husband, children, and grandchildren in a way that only a mother, wife, and grandmother can. It was downright hilarious. To my surprise,however, the husband and children tell their opinions on the family and themselves. When you see how the family sees a person as opposed to how the person sees themselves you begin to think about some of the attitudes you have towards members of your own family. The beginning of the book will have you cracking up and by the end you will be in tears.

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    The novel and the performance were both amazing. I laughed and I cried! I'll definitely be recommending!

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    "excellent read! this story moved me"

    This story was great. The characters were we
    I developed and the narration was good. The ending moved me to tears as I thought anout my own family.

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    I liked it. it's nice to see a story from all sides of a family. it was slow at first, then it get pretty good
    one thing for sure l, u do get hooked on the characters. I wasn't sure how she was going to tie it alllllllll together but she DID! I REALLY THINK you'll enjoy it if u can just wait it out! xoxo

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    "my favorite Terry McMillan yet"

    loved the story line and the narrators really brought it to life.
    the issues everyone struggled with, really resonated with me, especially since the kids are of similar age to me and my siblings and the older folks could have been characters from my own world!

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    I literally couldn't put it down. Time passed so fast when I was listening to this story.

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    "I really enjoyed this book."

    I really enjoyed this book. I laughed a lot and wanted to cry sometimes, especially when the mother passed away.

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    "Family is everything"

    This is an emotionally charged book that made me laugh, cry and so relate to. I love Ms. McMillan's writing and the narrators are always top notch!

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    I forgot how well Terry McMillan can spin a tale. This book was very engaging from the geginnin

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    Everything about the story was fantastic. There wasn't a dull moment. I can listen to this story or reread this story over and over again.

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