A Day Late and A Dollar Short

A Day Late and A Dollar Short

Book - 2001
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Viola Price is the truth-telling, trash-talking Las Vegas matriarch at the center of this 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.
Publisher: New York : Viking : New American Library, c2001
ISBN: 9780670896769
Characteristics: 431 p. ; 24 cm


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joann1949 Feb 06, 2014

This is a story about the Price Family mother Viola who has tried to instill morals, pride, the need for a college education, and given her grown children support in the best way she knew how. Viola and Cecil have been married for 38 year but because Viola has tuned him out of her life he has sought attention in the arms of 31 year old Brenda a welfare mother of 3 unruly unkept children who lives in the projects. Cecil is an old fool with a good heart he loves Viola but can't take any more of her distain even though he knows Brenda is using him for his money. Paris is the oldest and is a successful cater and mother on football scholar Dingus who is an all around good kid. Paris has tried to be the perfect person so she has not been willing to share her hurts, weaknesses, or struggles with others especially her family. Charlotte is the bitter, jealous, hurtful, mean, middle child who lashes out at everyone especially Paris and Viola who is everything she is not, she is married to Al who is whipped and allows her to do what she wants, her son is gay and her daughters are fast. Lewis is a near genuis who is a lost soul, he is an acholic who lives in a 1 bedroom flophouse living off of SSI due to arthritis and does not take responsibilty for the decisions he has made that has lead his life to be what it is. Janell is a lifetime college student who never got her degree, she lives in LaLa land and is oblivious to real life and depends on psychics to counsel her. She is married to policeman George who is abusing her daughter Serniece unbeknowns to her but because she does not work and totally depends on George to take care of her.


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