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A Day Late and a Dollar Short
A Day Late and a Dollar Short
Author: Terry McMillan
"Undoubtedly, McMillan's finest novel to date...a delicious family saga...McMillan has an uncanny ability to render family conflict with both humor and compassion...a life-affirming read...a triumph." (The Los Angeles Times) — "McMillan's best book yet. She has a true comic gift." (The Village Voice) — "[A] slam dunk of a novel...thi...  more
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780451204943
ISBN-10: 0451204948
Publication Date: 1/1/2002
Pages: 464
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3.6 stars, based on 90 ratings
Publisher: Signet Book
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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We are introduced to Viola Price and her family chapter by chapter. Her four grown children and their absent dad who has found a new family to look after. Each chapter is written in a different voice so we see the story from many angles.
Viola is lovingly human and knows how to get right to the heart of the matter when it comes to her kids and their mistakes, after all she muses, it's a mothers business. The families involved are torn apart by cheating spouses, sexual abuse, teenage pregnancy, and drug and alcohol addiction, just to name a few of the hurdles placed along your way through the story.

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I think this book takes you through every emotion possible. One minute I found myself with a belly ache from laughing so hard, and dripping buckets of tears the next. The characters in this book seem as if they could be your neighbors and the journeys they embark upon are profound and redeeming.
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A great family saga, thought provoking but also funny. This novel surprises the reader, but also enlightens as well.
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A heartwarming and, eventually, uplifting story of one Black woman's family and her wise counsel. I enjoyed this book immensely.


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