Viola Price is the matriarch of the Price family. She finds her self on the verge of her fiffy-fifth birthday separated from Cecil, her husband of thirty-eight years who is courting a woman young enough to be his daughter, and worrying about her four grown children.
Paris, the overachieving, wealthy oldest child, can't find a man and won't admit she is lonely and a fat bank account just won't fix things. Charlotte has issues that go beyond middle-child syndrome and is forever trying to compete with and live up to Paris' standards. Lewis, the only male child, can't keep a job, is in and out of jail, and spends his days drinking and dreaming about patenting his many inventions. And Janelle, the baby of the family is a career student and a home wrecker who cannot see what his happening to her daughter before her very eyes. And Viola wonders what they will do without her guiding them.
All in all, this book makes you sit back and think? Are these traits in my family? Where do I fit in the dynamics of the relationships of siblings? How strongly do circumstances as a child effect your family and marital relationships later on in life?
I felt the "We are family, got all my sisters with me" ending was a little too pat, but Terry has characterizations down like no other. She's still the queen of pop fizz.
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She also has great dish about family dynamics. Have Cecil and Viola's kids got problems! When lovable, luck-free Lewis turns up to visit his mom, he's drunk, broke, and still whining about his ex, Donnetta, who "didn't have as much sense as a Christmas turkey" (though she did have the sense to dump Lewis). Now Lewis consoles himself with his Bobbing Betty doll. "How could somebody with an IQ of 146 be so stupid?" marvels Viola. And that Charlotte! Viola's daughter is "a bossy wench from the word go." (Gee, where could she have gotten that trait?) Charlotte feels like she never got her fair share of attention, having been born 10 months after the eldest daughter, Paris (now the driven mom of...