Terry McMillan, Author, Terry McMillan, Read by , read by Desiree Coleman and M.E. Willis. Penguin $44.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-14-180283-1

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FictionA DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORTTerry McMillan, read by Desiree Coleman and M.E. Willis. Penguin, unabridged, 10 cassettes, 15.5 hrs., $44.95 ISBN 0-14-1802839

Viola, the matriarch of the Price family, is in the ICU for an asthma attack. As the book begins, she is telling the listener about her sometimes-husband and her four adult kids, all of whom have their own children, and their various circumstances, relationships and dilemmas. Not about to give Viola the last word, the other family members take turns talking in each of the remaining chapters. At first it is a bit confusing trying to keep track of who's who (the audio book doesn't come with family charts, the hardcover does), but it all eventually becomes clear as this complex and entertaining story of family dynamics—or as daughter Paris calls it, "As the World F***ing Turns, again and again and again"—gets fleshed out. McMillan is in her element, and readers Coleman and Willis do an excellent job of capturing the personalities of all the characters, be they surly, sassy, depressed or comic. Their talents guide the listener expertly through this captivating and ultimately optimistic tale of the ties that bind and the things that really matter. Simultaneous release with the Viking hardcover (Forecasts, Dec. 11, 2000). (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 06/04/2001
Release date: 01/01/2001
Genre: Audio
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