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A Day Late and a Dollar Short Audiobook
A Day Late and a Dollar Short
Written by: 
Terry McMillan
Narrated by: 
Terry McMillan
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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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    Dawn Crenshaw-Chase 08-06-05 Member Since 2011
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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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Turquoise McBride 05-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!"

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

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    SUSANA L VALDOVINOS 07-13-16
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    "A Sociological Window Into an American Family"

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

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    Kena Jacksonville, FL, United States 07-07-16
    Kena Jacksonville, FL, United States 07-07-16 Member Since 2013
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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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    tiana 04-23-16
    tiana 04-23-16 Member Since 2014
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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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    Suzanne Young-Mercer New York 03-28-16
    Suzanne Young-Mercer New York 03-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Another winner"

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

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    Tiffany 02-16-16
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    "AWESOME!"

    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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    Sedatrist 03-04-15
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    "Good for the soul!"

    If you want to laugh and cry. If you want to be inspired. If you want to understand what real life is all about, this is the book for you.

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    Beth SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 08-01-14
    Beth SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 08-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story about family"

    Good book in line with Mcmillan's usual style. Enjoyed the characters and their various paths, but found the narration odd at times - it seemed like there was a different woman narrating at the beginning, but she dropped off partway through?

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    Radhiya 11-14-13
    Radhiya 11-14-13 Member Since 2011

    Enjoying every listen.

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    "Heart Touching Family Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good story line, lots of characters, narrating is excellent.


    What other book might you compare A Day Late and a Dollar Short to and why?

    Her last book, Who Asked You Anyway, it was another book that surrounds family.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Family reading each others letters. Touching.


    If you could take any character from A Day Late and a Dollar Short out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Paris, the dinner conversation be so interesting; & she would know her way around the menu.


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