A Day Late and A Dollar Short

A Day Late and A Dollar Short

Book - 2001
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Much-heralded and long awaited, Terry McMillan's tour-de-force novel introduces the Price family -- matriarch Viola, her sometimes-husband Cecil, and their four adult kids, each of whom sees life -- and one another -- through thick and thin, and entirely on their own terms. With her hallmark exuberance and cast of characters so sassy, resilient, and full of life that they breathe, dream, and shout right off the page, the author of the phenomenal best-sellers Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back has given us a novel that takes us ever-further into the hearts, minds, and souls of America -- and gives us six more friends we never want to leave.
Publisher: New York : Viking Penguin, 2001.
ISBN: 9780670896769
Branch Call Number: FIC McMil
Characteristics: 431 pages


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joann1949 Feb 06, 2014

This is a story about the Price Family mother Viola who has tried to instill morals, pride, the need for a college education, and given her grown children support in the best way she knew how. Viola and Cecil have been married for 38 year but because Viola has tuned him out of her life he has sought attention in the arms of 31 year old Brenda a welfare mother of 3 unruly unkept children who lives in the projects. Cecil is an old fool with a good heart he loves Viola but can't take any more of her distain even though he knows Brenda is using him for his money. Paris is the oldest and is a successful cater and mother on football scholar Dingus who is an all around good kid. Paris has tried to be the perfect person so she has not been willing to share her hurts, weaknesses, or struggles with others especially her family. Charlotte is the bitter, jealous, hurtful, mean, middle child who lashes out at everyone especially Paris and Viola who is everything she is not, she is married to Al who is whipped and allows her to do what she wants, her son is gay and her daughters are fast. Lewis is a near genuis who is a lost soul, he is an acholic who lives in a 1 bedroom flophouse living off of SSI due to arthritis and does not take responsibilty for the decisions he has made that has lead his life to be what it is. Janell is a lifetime college student who never got her degree, she lives in LaLa land and is oblivious to real life and depends on psychics to counsel her. She is married to policeman George who is abusing her daughter Serniece unbeknowns to her but because she does not work and totally depends on George to take care of her.


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