By Terry McMillan
Much-heralded and lengthy awaited, Terry McMillan's tour-de-force novel introduces the fee family-matriarch Viola, her sometimes-husband Cecil, and their 4 grownup children, each one of whom sees life-and one another-through thick and skinny, and completely all alone phrases. along with her hallmark exuberance and forged 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 unique that takes us ever-further into the hearts, minds, and souls of America-and offers us six extra associates we by no means are looking to go away. • Abridged. 4 cassettes, 6 hours
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I'll tell you something. " "I know this, Mama, and she should . " "No. I'm just getting started. I'll say this. You better watch that motherfucker like a hawk, 'cause he doing more than hitting her. You may be blind, but I ain't. " And I hung up. My granddaughter ain't no actress, and them tears was real. Since she run track and had a big meet coming up, I sent her home, but promised her I would look into this. I told her to dial 911 the next time he so much as bump into her. I just been patting my feet, trying to figure out what to do about this mess.
Nothing. All she do is look up at the numbers on those machines and then smile at me. " she ask, and I shake my head no, since she know good and damn well I can't hardly mumble, but she just kinda curtsy and say, "Good," then turn around and walk out! If I was able to open my mouth I'd say, "Huzzy! " But I can't talk. And Lord knows I'm scared, 'cause I'm still here in ICU and I'm bored and I wanna go home, even though I know ain't nobody there waiting for me. Cecil been gone since the first of the year, but I don't feel like thinking about his old ass right now.
She even trying to teach me how to play bridge. I just hope she watering my plants and got the rest of that stuff out the refrigerator, 'cause I was cleaning it when I first felt my chest go tight. "You looking good," he say. If I had the strength, I'd slap him. I look like hell froze over and he know it. My hair is still in these cellophaned burgundy cornrows, 'cause they won't let me put my wig on. Cecil just sit there for a few minutes, looking like a complete fool, like he trying to remember something only he can't.
A Day Late and a Dollar Short by Terry McMillan