Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A Novel

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9780060094812: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A Novel

When theatre director Siddalee Walker inadvertently reveals some of the less-savory facts of her Southern childhood to the New York Times, the article brands her mother, Vivi, a "tap-dancing child abuser." When Vivi virtually disowns Sidda over it, Sidda panics and postpones her upcoming wedding. But Vivi's intrepid gang of lifelong girlfriends, the Ya-Yas, sashay in and conspire to bring everyone back together.

The Ya-Yas, an inseparable and indomitable foursome who grew up together in the small town of Thornton, Louisiana, persuade Vivi to send Sidda a scrapbook of girlhood mementos entitled "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood." With the scrapbook in hand, Sidda retreats to a cabin on Washington State's Olympic Peninsula, intent on discovering the key to the swirling mix of anger and tenderness she feels toward her mother. Through a series of flashbacks from Sidda's current crisis to Vivi's youth and early motherhood, the"Divine Secrets" will reveal themselves to you through Rebecca Wells' vibrant, irresistible voice.

It's an incisive look at the tangled relationship between mother and daughter, with its countless emotional shiftings from dark to light, love to resentment, bonding to breaking free.

Soon to be a major motion picture, and already a national bestselling book, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood has garnered a phenomenal popularity, reflected in the ever-expanding "Ya-Ya Societies" springing up in all corners of the country as ever more women find a resonant echo of their own need for spiritual growth and love in Wells' vivid characters.

Performed by Judith Ivey

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“A big, blowzy romp through the rainbow eccentricities of three generations of crazy bayou debutantes.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“A very entertaining and, ultimately, deeply moving novel about the complex bonds between mother and daughter.”
Washington Post

“Mary McCarthy, Anne Rivers Siddons, and a host of others have portrayed the power and value of female friendships, but no one has done it with more grace, charm, talent, and power than Rebecca Wells.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch

The incomparable #1 New York Times bestseller—a book that reigned at the top of the list for an remarkable sixty-eight weeks—Rebecca Wells’s Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a classic of Southern women’s fiction to be read and reread over and over again. A poignant, funny, outrageous, and wise novel about a lifetime friendship between four Southern women, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood brilliantly explores the bonds of female friendship, the often-rocky relationship between mothers and daughters, and the healing power of humor and love, in a story as fresh and uplifting as when it was first published a decade and a half ago. If you haven’t yet met the Ya-Yas, what are you waiting for?

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Performed, not read, by the author is the key here. This highly spirited interpretation of the cult classic is, like the book, full of humor and surprises. It captures with ease the powerful lifelong friendship between four Southern women, the Ya-Ya's: Vivi, Teensy, Caro, and Necie. The author endows each of her charming characters with an inimitable Southern accent, from a low rumble for the aging oxygen-tank-carrying Caro, to the fresh innocent voice of Vivi as a child. The story moves back and forth from present to past when Vivi's daughter, Sidda, is faced with a crisis and is given the golden opportunity to explore the history of these devoted pals through her mother's secret scrapbook. Her journey is sprinkled with her own memories of her irrepressible and irresistible mother, and she is rewarded with glimpses of true love and loyalty against an often hilarious and poignant backdrop of life in the rural South.

Some favorite scenes, anecdotes, and the rich bayou background are not included on this abridged audiocassette, but fans of this special sisterhood will nonetheless enjoy listening to the author's take on the world of Thornton, Louisiana, and the female friendships she created there. (Running time: 3 hours, 2 cassettes) --Anne Depue

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