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.
I Loved this book! The story of a mother and her children/family and their interactions within a family as well as their secrets. If you have read and liked other McMillan books you will love this one.
Terry McMillian does a first class job of capturing the complex and dynamic tension of family relationships in A Day Late and a Dollar Short. The characters are powerful and real, and the theme of family dissension masking a hard-fought love is universal. McMillian is both a superb storyteller and a woman possessed of a clear musical magic with words.
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.
I heard it before I read it and it had me laughing and crying on the bus. Excellent reading.
Viola Price's four children and her husband Cecil seem determined to send her to an early grave with worrying. Divorced Paris, mother to a 17yr old, is succesful and thinks she can do it all alone. Lewis keeps going in and out of jail. Charlotte thinks she has only blood in common with her family. Janelle, newly married faces a crisis with her daughter. Cecil, the hsband has been put out of the house.
"WITHOUT QUESTION THIS IS McMILLIAN'S BEST. A GLORIOUS NOVEL...A moving tapestry of familial love and redemption, A Day Late and a Dollar Short transported me into Terry McMillian's fictional world and, like the best fiction, helped illuminate the corners of my own heart. [It] dared me not to laugh, cry, and shout upon recognizing this glittering, complicated portrayal of Africasn-American life"-
The Washington Post
SINCE I COME FROM A LARGE DISFUNCTIONAL FAMILY, THIS BOOK OFFERED A LOT OF INSIGHTS. DOESN'T MATTER THAT THEY'RE A BLACK FAMILY. THEY ARE A FAMILY - PERIOD. I ACTUALLY WAS SURPRISED THAT I LIKED THIS BOOK. TERRY MC MILLAN HAS A WAY WITH WORDS TO EXPLAIN EMOTIONS.
With her hallmark exuberance and a cast of characters so sassy, resilient, and full of life that they breathe,dream,and shout right off the page, Terry McMillan has given us a tour-de-force novel of family, healing, and redemption.