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 a cast of characters so sassy, resilient and full of life that they breathe, dream, and shout right off ...Read MoreTerry 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 a cast of characters so sassy, resilient and full of life that they breathe, dream, and shout right off the page, Terry McMillan has written a novel that takes us into an American world we didn't know before - and gives us six fantastic characters whose stories we want to listen to forever.Read Less
Very Good in Good jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Very nice clean tight hardback with only very light overall wear. pages clean and unmarked. dust jacket is good with some light rubbing and a price sticker on back. 432 pages.
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When I had read it..it had really grabbed my interest! The story was told eloquently...flawlessly! Terry McMillan is rather a very good black author...her ability to write a story seems fearless...she writes as if she's not afraid to jot her words down on paper!
Terry McMillan happens to be rather a no-nonsense type of author! When she writes a book, she writes!
Jun 19, 2007
Good but a bit too neat and tidy
I adore Terry McMillan and am proud of the niche she is carving for up and coming Black writers. She has a fresh, breezy and flowing writing style that sucks you in and carries you along through the trials and tribulations of her wonderfully real characters. 'A Day Late and A Dollar Short', following on the disappointing heels of 'How Stella Got Her Groove Back', is one of those magnificent reads.
I won't go into the plotlines of the different characters becasue there's just too much to tell. Essentially, it's a novel about a family whose lives are all seeming to fall apart. For me, and other Black readers I've discussed this novel with, I was amazed at the similarities of the characters to a lot of my own friends and family . . . and even myself!
The novel is a bit hard to get into at first. Each chapter is told from the point of view of a different character (there's six main characters) and the purposeful use of bad grammer and language can, at first, be a bit annoying. However, once you get into it, the novel flows effortlessly and seamlessly.
My only beef is the ending is too tidy. I would have preferred a more realistic, less Disney-ish ending, but it's fiction, good fiction, so I can forgive that.
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