A Day Late and a Dollar Short

  • by Terry McMillan
  • Narrated by Terry McMillan
  • 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Prices are introduced by Viola, the family's outspoken matriarch: Her husband, Cecil, has shut the door behind him for the last time; and their four adult kids, scattered across the country, seem determined to send her to her grave, or at least to the hospital with worrying. Paris is divorced, mother to a nearly seventeen-year-old son and the one who always comes to everybody's rescue, although she doesn't have a clue as to how to save herself. Lewis is the scapegoat, and his troubles keep landing him in jail, which only seems to confirm what his family thinks he is. Out in Chicago, Charlotte knows she's gotten the short end of the stick for years, has "nothing in common except blood" with her parents and siblings and would just as soon divorce them all. Janelle, the baby of the family, is not only on the defensive about the course of her own life but she's facing a new crisis, a fast-brewing storm with her teenage daughter that threatens more than she's willing to admit. And don't even ask Viola about Cecil: "He's a bad habit I've had for thirty-eight years which would make him my husband." But Cecil has some ideas for taking his hardworking life into his own hands, regardless of what his wife and kids think about it.

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What made the experience of listening to A Day Late and a Dollar Short the most enjoyable?

I love Terry McMillan and I had already read this book. Listening to it was like meeting old friends you had not seen in a while.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Viola, because she's about keeping it all together no matter what.


What does Terry McMillan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Makes you visualize the characters.


Who was the most memorable character of A Day Late and a Dollar Short and why?

Lewis, because you know at some point his family is going to love him into being a better person. He may have been a day late and a dollar short, but you leave the book knowing he is going to be alright.


Any additional comments?

I enjoyed listening to the book because I had already read it and I felt like I knew the characters, but I would have enjoyed it just as much being introduced to them the first time.

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- Gloria Outlaw

Another audible must have.

I absolutely love this book. Terry McMillan can sure weave a good story. I also like that the author herself narrated the book. She give the right amount of attitude to her characters that is sometimes lacking when other people tell the tale. Great book
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- Jennifer Paul

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-22-2005
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio