A Day Late and a Dollar Short

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

by Terry McMillan
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Overview

A Day Late and a Dollar Short by Terry McMillan

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.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101209387
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 138,397
File size: 944 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Terry McMillan is the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of five previous novels and recipient of the Essence Award for Excellence in Literature.




From the Trade Paperback edition.

Hometown:

Danville, California

Date of Birth:

October 18, 1951

Place of Birth:

Port Huron, Michigan

Education:

B.S. in journalism, UC-Berkeley, 1979; M.F.A. in film, Columbia University, 1980

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Day Late and a Dollar Short 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 216 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Day Late and A Dollar Short was my first Terry Mcmillan book and it was ALL THAT! She brings to the table a family known all to well to us: the daughters and the son don't communicate and the parents are on the edge of getting a divorce. The book opens with Viola, the mother, in a hospital for an asthma attack. The husband, Cecil, is with somebody else. The son (their only) is an alcoholic. The oldest and their first daughter, Paris, is a perfectionist. The second oldest, Charlotte, is the disrespectful daughter with a few problems of her own. The youngest, Janelle, is married to an older man. The family has a substratum of mistrust and unspoken secrets which contribute to the lack of communication. But it is in the mother that they all find their love for one another. Terry speaks as though it were her own family which gives me feel comfort reading the book--plus it's spoken in language you can understand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. I loved it. Every since I read the book, I use the phrase, "You are a day late and a dollar short." Definitely worth checking out.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Terri McMillan delivers the eventful, and dramatic story of a family whose family tree has much more meaning than realized. This story is broken down in the perspectives of six main characters and allows the readers to gain neutrally biased opinion of each experience this family endures. The moral of the story is valid and invaluable: there's not much a dollar can fix anyway. The message is delivered by way of heartache, headache, disease, discomfort, violation, loneliness and family love. And there's not a dollar bill in this world could make up for the voids in this family's season.
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It started out well. By the end,it felt disjointed
MsIna More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed "A Day Late and a Dollar Short", Terry McMillan is one of my favorite authors!!
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This is a great read especially if you're looking for a break from TV and need a good story. I couldn't put this book down every page had me on edge wanting to know more.
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One of my favorites from Terry McMillian.
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