Good but a bit too neat and tidy
by bookboy on June 19, 2007I 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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