A Day Late and a Dollar Short by Terry McMillan

By Terry McMillan

Much-heralded and lengthy awaited, Terry McMillan's tour-de-force novel introduces the associated fee family-matriarch Viola, her sometimes-husband Cecil, and their 4 grownup young children, each one of whom sees life-and one another-through thick and skinny, and fully all alone phrases. together with her hallmark exuberance and solid of characters so sassy, resilient, and entire of existence that they breathe, dream, and shout correct off the web page, the writer of the exceptional best-sellers ready to Exhale and the way Stella bought Her Groove again has given us a singular that takes us ever-further into the hearts, minds, and souls of America-and supplies us six extra associates we by no means are looking to depart. • Abridged. 4 cassettes, 6 hours

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Paris sure don't know how to pick no man. Every one she ever loved had something wrong with him. Nathan-that's my grandson's daddy-scores very high on this test. I don't know why, but she seem to pick the ones that's got major wiring problems. " I guess she think her love can fill in their blank spots, 'cause for some strange reason she gravitate to these types. The kind of men that drain you, drag you down, take more from you than they give, and by the time they done used you up, got what they want, they bored, you on empty, and they ready to move on to greener pastures.

It was dry and flat and bare and mostly brown. Now, with all the building going on, it's new housing developments everywhere you turn. It's still dry and flat and bare, but some people got grass and shrubs and flowers, and quite a few trees done managed to grow. But not in our yard. The first year after we got here, Viola convinced me to take all our savings and put it with Daddy's money and we opened up our first barbecue joint. They grew to three, 'cause we knew how to smoke the meat just right (like they do in Texas), and my barbecue sauce was a family secret.

I don't know. " "I ain't got no friends with that kind of money. It's tough out here for black men, Ma, and especially if you handicapped. " "Uh-huh. " "How come don't nobody ever believe me when I tell the truth? I can't hardly ball up my fist, my knuckles is so swollen. And on my right wrist, the bone is sticking out. . Oh, never mind. " "I have to go now, Lewis. " "I'm telling you. " "Barbecuing. " I say, lying my butt off. "Could you ask him? " I just started laughing. First of all, I ain't seen Cecil in over a month, but I didn't feel like getting into it right then.

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