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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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Loved it!

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

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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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It started out a little slow but ...

It started out a little slow but got so much more interesting after more than halfway through it. would recommend it.

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Awesome read

Te=y McMillan has gone and done it again. I truly enjoyed listening to this book.

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Great book

I love this book this was the first adult book I bought myself. I had to buy it again since my first copy got passed around so much in my family I decided to buy it here on aduible

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Good Story

The narrators kept the flow of the story well! Excellent book to listen to! Good job!

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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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it's no Stella

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!