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 on their lonesome phrases. along 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 outstanding best-sellers ready to Exhale and the way Stella received Her Groove again has given us a singular that takes us ever-further into the hearts, minds, and souls of America-and offers us six extra acquaintances we by no means are looking to go away. • Abridged. 4 cassettes, 6 hours
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Like her mind was somewhere else. Almost burnt up my kitchen fiying a hamburger. Forgot all about it. Dropped three eggs on the floor and sliced off a chunk of her finger helping me chop up the celery for the dressing. When she wasn't the least bit excited after she opened her presents-some ugly clothes she asked for-I said, "Hold it a minute, sugar. " She shook her head no. " She shook her head no again. I walked over and snatched that cap off her head, and when I looked down I could not believe my eyes.
So this is the deal, Viola. First of all, if I don't do nothing else, I'ma get this asthma under control, 'cause I'm tired of it running my life. Tired of grown kids and husbands running my life. Tired of being smart but ain't got no evidence to prove it. I wanna get my GED. I don't see why not. It ain't never too late to learn. I just hope what they say about the brain being a muscle is true. The way I see it, I figure I owe myself a cruise to somewhere before I hit sixty, especially since I took Paris, France, outta my dreams a million years ago.
I'm here to testify: ain't no time limit on heartache. Cecil done broke mine so many times I'm surprised it still know how to tick. But forget about me. Paris been grieving so long now for Nathan that she done pretty much turned to stone. I think she so scared of getting her heart l>roke again that now she's like the Ice Queen. Can't nobody get close to her. They say time heals all wounds. But I ain't so sure. I think they run around inside you till they find the old ones, jump on top until they form a little stack, and they don't go nowhere until something come along that make you so happy you forget about past pain.
A Day Late and a Dollar Short by Terry McMillan