A Day Late and a Dollar Short

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Viking, Jan 1, 2001 - Fiction - 431 pages
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"Las Vegas, 1994. 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 hard-working life into his own hands, regardless of what his wife and kids think about it."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - Marlene-NL - LibraryThing

Finished this morning. I did like this book and want to read more by Terry McMillan. I always enjoy books about sisters. Not so sure if I liked the brothers story that much and the end. Everything ... Read full review

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User Review  - janiereader - LibraryThing

What can I say, I'm on a Terry McMillan jag. While not outstanding, I find her books very enjoyable reads. She tends to write interesting characters with interweaving plots. This time Viola is the ... Read full review

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Terry McMillan was born in Port Huron, Michigan on October 18, 1951. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986, studied film at Columbia University, and enrolled in the Harlem Writer's Guild. Her books include Disappearing Acts, Mama, A Day Late and a Dollar Short, The Interruption of Everything, and Getting to Happy. Her books Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back were adapted as major motion pictures. Her title Who Asked You? made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013.

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