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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, May 3, 2011
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Wells is a Louisiana-born Seattle actress and playwright; her loopy saga of a 40-year-old player in Seattle's hot theater scene who must come to terms with her mama's past in steamy Thornton City, Louisiana, reads like a lengthy episode of Designing Women written under the influence of mint juleps and Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!. The Ya-Yas are the wild circle of girls who swirl around the narrator Siddalee's mama, Vivi, whose vivid voice is "part Scarlett, part Katharine Hepburn, part Tallulah." The Ya-Yas broke the no-booze rule at the cotillion, skinny-dipped their way to jail in the town water tower, disrupted the Shirley Temple look-alike contest, and bonded for life because, as one says, "It's so much fun being a bad girl!"
Siddalee must repair her busted relationship with Vivi by reading a half-century's worth of letters and clippings contained in the Ya-Ya Sisterhood's packet of "Divine Secrets." It's a contrived premise, but the secrets are really fun to learn. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Carrying echoes of both Fannie Flagg and Pat Conroy, Wells's second novel continues the story of Siddalee Walker, introduced in Little Altars Everywhere (1992). When Sidda asks her mother, the aging belle Vivi, for help in researching women's friendships, Vivi sends her daughter a scrapbook. From this artifact of Vivi's own lifelong friendship with three women collectively known as "the Ya-Ya's," and from Sidda's response to it, a story unfolds regarding a dark period in Vivi and Sidda's past that plagues their present relationship. While anecdotes about the Ya-Ya's (such as the riotous scene at a Shirley Temple look-alike contest) are often very amusing, the narrative is beset by superficial characterization and forced colloquialisms. Told through several narrative vehicles and traveling through space and time from Depression-era Louisiana to present-day Seattle, this novel attempts to wed a folksy homespun tale to a soul-searching examination of conscience. But while Wells's ambition is admirable and her talent undeniable, she never quite makes this difficult marriage work. $50,000 ad/promo; author tour. (May) FYI: HarperPerennial will publish the paperback edition of Little Altars Everywhere, which won the Western States Book Award, in May.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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Well, not anymore.
Wow! Just WOW!
This is a book about womanhood but at large about humanity. Every single character is so realistically flawed and yet understandable. I love books that teach me something or make me understand something I thought inconceivable. This book told me of friendship, of addiction, child abuse, racism, Louisiana, discrimination, the 50s. It made me laugh and it made me cry, often at the same time. I found myself moved page after page.
Oh, the FEELS!!! I missed a flight while reading this book, completely engrossed in its pages, reading at my gate. It was worth it ;P
If you follow my reviews, you know how critical I am. Well, the writing was flawless. The author goes seamlessly back and forth in time using different points of views. I was not confused once.
Reading this book I transformed into a child, a mother, a friend. I cried death and celebrated love. I smelled the flowers and foods of Louisiana, I swam in the bayou, I learned some Cajun.
The description of how people of color were treated is appalling but historically accurate (as far as I can tell). It made me uneasy, as I think it was supposed to. "White people" at the time were mentally used to discrimination and did not perceive it as wrong, though it made my skin crawl. I did not feel that the author was racist like some reviewers expressed (and I am a fanatic supporter of minorities!). It is good we do not forget how bad things could get. Also, I did not feel like other reviewers that the story was cheesy. Topics like abuse and addiction were treated non-judgmentally and the idea of women having children was treated in a very nonstereotypical way, which I appreciated.
Oh, please, just read it already.
dysfunctional family bond --will love /// like (at least) this video. GUYS included. Insist everyone gather around some
Sunday at home dinner or some holiday house shoe and sweats night to share as " We are family."