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 ...
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 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.
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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.
Publishers Weekly, 2000-12-11 Viola Price is the truth-telling, trash-talking Las Vegas matriarch at the center of McMillan's eagerly awaited new novel. As the book begins, Viola is in the hospital recovering from a devastating asthma attack, and she's decided to turn her life around, even if it means causing her large, unruly clan a little discomfort. Lewis, Viola's only son, is a drifter, handicapped both by his genius IQ and his alcoholism. Janelle, the youngest child, is perpetually searching for the perfect career, while ignoring signs that her 12-year-old daughter is in trouble. Viola's relationship with her perpetually angry middle daughter, Charlotte, is so volatile that Charlotte periodically hangs up in the middle of phone conversations, while Paris, Viola's eldest, appears to be brilliantly successful, but is actually desperately lonely and has developed a dependency on pills to maintain her superwoman act. To add to the confusion, Cecil, Viola's husband of 40 years, has moved in with his girlfriend, Brenda, a welfare mother pregnant with a child that may or may not be his. The story of how the family puts it back together is told from the perspective of all six main characters, and McMillan moves easily and skillfully from voice to voice. The characters are not entirely sympatheticDlike Viola, McMillan (How Stella Got Her Groove Back) doesn't sugarcoat the truthDbut knowing their weaknesses does make their acts of courage all the more meaningful. This is a moving and true depiction of an American family, driven apart and bound together by the real stuff of life: love, loss, grief, infidelity, addiction, pregnancy, forgiveness and the IRS. (Jan. 15) Forecast: Gutsier and less glitzy than How Stella Got Her Groove Back, McMillan's latest has perhaps the broadest appeal of any of her novels. A major national advertising campaign, national publicity, a TV and radio satellite tour and a 12-city author tour will get the word out and drive the book toward the top of the charts. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2001-06-04 her four adult kids, all of whom have their own children, and their various circumstances, relationships and dilemmas. Not about to give Viola the last word, the other family members take turns talking in each of the remaining chapters. At first it is a bit confusing trying to keep track of who's who (the audio book doesn't come with family charts, the hardcover does), but it all eventually becomes clear as this complex and entertaining story of family dynamics or as daughter Paris calls it, "As the World F***ing Turns, again and again and again" gets fleshed out. McMillan is in her element, and readers Coleman and Willis do an excellent job of capturing the personalities of all the characters, be they surly, sassy, depressed or comic. Their talents guide the listener expertly through this captivating and ultimately optimistic tale of the ties that bind and the things that really matter. Simultaneous release with the Viking hardcover (Forecasts, Dec. 11, 2000). (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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