For readers everywhere who are ga-ga for the Ya-Yas and clamoring for more and for those who are lucky enough to be discovering the Ya-Yas for the first time, comes a new book about the incomparable Sisterhood, bursting with life and funnier than ever....
An emotionally charged addition to Rebecca Wells' award-winning bestseller Little Altars Everywhere and #1 New York Times bestseller Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, YA-YAS IN BLOOM reveals the roots of the Ya-Yas' friendship in the 1930s and roars with all the raw power of Vivi Abbott Walker's 1962 T-Bird through sixty years of marriage, child-raising, and hair-raising family secrets.
When four-year-old Teensy Whitman prisses one time too many and stuffs a big old pecan up her nose, she sets off the chain of events that lead Vivi, Teensy, Caro, and Necie to become true sister-friends. Told in alternating voices of Vivi and the Petite Ya-Yas, Siddalee and Baylor Walker, as well as other denizens of Thornton, Louisiana, YA-YAS IN BLOOM show us the Ya-Yas in love and at war with convention. Through crises of faith and hilarious lapses of parenting skills, brushes with alcoholism and glimpses of the dark reality of racial bigotry, the Ya-Ya values of unconditional loyalty, high style, and Cajun sass shine through. Necies wise credo, "Just think pretty pink and blue thoughts," helps too...
But in the Ya-Yas' inimitable way, these four remarkable women also teach their children about the Mysteries: the wonder of snow in the deep South, the possibility that humans are made of stars, and the belief that miracles do happen. And they need a miracle when old grudges and wounded psyches lead to a heartbreaking crime...and the dynamic web of sisterhood is the only safety net strong enough to hold families together and endure.
After two bestsellers and a blockbuster movie, the Ya-Yas have become part of American culture -- icons for the power of women's friendship. YA-YAS IN BLOOM continues the saga, giving us more Ya-Ya lore, spun out in the rich patois of the Louisiana bayou country and brim full of the Ya-Ya message to embrace life and each other with joy.
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A native of Louisiana, Rebecca Wells is an actor and playwright in addition to being the author of the phenomenal bestsellers LITTLE ALTARS EVERYWHERE and DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD, which have been translated into twenty-three languages worldwide. She has received numerous awards, including the Western States Book Award for LITTLE ALTARS EVERYWHERE and the 1999 Adult Trade ABBY Award for DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD.From AudioFile:
Judith Ivey is back with more divine history of the Ya-Yas, including how they met in the first place. (Teensy stuffing a pecan into her nose, greatly impressing her peers, is one origin story.) The episodes here include childhood moments of the Petite Ya-Yas and even the Très Petites (the grandchildren). A favorite: Vivi's son Baylor at age 5 or so appears on a kids' TV program and insists upon singing a song he has composed, all the while desperately needing to take a dump. Ivey exhibits her usual genius for accents and personalities. This book may be just as much fun on the page as in her narration, but I don't see how. B.G. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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