Rebecca Wells

"Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood"

(Reviewed by Judi Clark SEP 17, 1998)

The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

The Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a group of very colorful women who became best friends and instigators at a very young age. Their pranks, language and love for each other is sincerely entertaining. And as they approach their 70s they are as tight and fun as ever.

Caught up in this whirlwind of strong female personalities is Vivi's daughter Sidda, a "petite Ya-Ya," as they call their offspring.  Sidda's never had a great relationship with her mother, but now The New York Times has tricked her into telling a little too much about her childhood and Vivian is in the headlines as a "tap-dancing child abuser." Nearing 40 and now engaged to be married, Sidda has got to get a better grip on her feelings for her mother. She retreats to a cabin, but the Ya-Yas interfere and send her a scrapbook of their lives. 

As my friend Barbara told me when she recommended this book, some of it comes off a little contrived, but funny anyway. I especially enjoyed the imagery of the girls seeing the opening events for Gone with the Wind in Atlanta and the wonderful bayou-Cajun language and imagery. This book is so much fun, it has been a top seller inspiring it's own girl gangs.

Note: Although I have not read Little Alters Everywhere, the consensus seems to be that one may not want to read this first novel after The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. It seems that Wells forgives and moves on in the Ya-Ya novel and that it is all the more upsetting to read these novels out of order. Some have wished that the same characters had not appeared in both novels as each novel is such a different kind of read. So be prepared to for a huge downer in Little Alters Everywhere.

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Rebecca Wells was born in central Louisiana where her family has residedRebecca Wells since 1795.  She grew up on a working plantation and attended the school of Southern Ladyhood and Roman Catholicism. While in college she began developing one-woman shows and short plays. She traveled the country by train and later enrolled at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado where she studied language and consciousness with Allen Ginsberg and Choyyam Trungapa Rinpoche. Rebecca moved to New York City to pursue her acting career and for further study.  She has written roles in many well received plays including Splittin' Hairs and Gloria Duplex. She currently lives withher husband on a small island near Seattle, Washington and tours a one-woman show based on her two novels. About Us | Subscribe | Review Team | History | ©1998-2014