Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

A Novel

Book - 1996
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At thirty-nine, SiddaLee Walker has escaped her Louisiana hometown to become a theatrical director, but as she gathers old letters, photos, journals, and souvenirs from the Ya-Ya Sisterhood to assist in writing a play about women's friendships, she yearns to revisit her childhood

HARPERCOLL

“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?



Blackwell North Amer
When Vivi and Siddalee Walker, an unforgettable mother-daughter team, get into a savage fight over a New York Times article that refers to Vivi as a "tap-dancing child abuser," the fallout is felt from Louisiana to New York to Seattle. Siddalee, a successful theater director with a huge hit on her hands, panics and postpones her upcoming wedding to her lover and friend, Connor McGill. Vivi's intrepid gang of lifelong girlfriends, the Ya-Yas, sashay in and conspire to bring everyone back together.
In 1932, Vivi and the Ya-Yas were disqualified from a Shirley Temple Look-Alike Contest for unladylike behavior. Sixty years later, they're "bucking seventy" and still making waves. They 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, tormented by fear and uncertainty about the future, and intent on discovering the key to the tangle of anger and tenderness she feels toward her mother. But Vivi's album reveals more questions than answers and leads Sidda to encounter the legacy of imperfect love and the unknowable mystery of life.
With passion and a rare gift for language, Rebecca Wells moves from present to past, unraveling Vivi's life, her enduring friendships with the Ya-Yas, and the reverberations on Siddalee. The collective power of the Ya-Yas, each of them totally individual and authentic, permeates this story of a tribe of Louisiana wild women who are impossible to tame.

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At thirty-nine, SiddaLee Walker has escaped her Louisianna hometown to become a theatrical director, but as she gathers old letters, photos, journals, and souvenirs from the Ya-Ya sisterhood to assist in writing a play about women's friendships, she yearns to revisit her childhood. $25,000 ad/promo.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollinsPublishers, c1996.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060173289
0060173289
Branch Call Number: WEL
Characteristics: x, 356 p. ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Ya-Ya Sisterhood

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CRRL_MegRaymond Sep 12, 2017

Siddalee Walker describes her mother Vivi as abusive and unstable - in the New York Times, no less.

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labyrinthine
Jun 30, 2015

Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
The Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood is a novel which depicts the relationship between friends and family. To begin, we meet Siddalee Walker a director and the daughter of Vivi Walker. The scene is set as the two are in the middle of a fight over a recent story in the New York Times. The story in a profile of Siddalee's life which describes Vivi as a child abuser and an unstable personality. Vivi is enraged and refuses to speak with her daughter. Siddalee then postpones her marriage to long time fiancee Connor McGill and retreats from her problems in a cabin outside of town. In the hope of mending the relationship between mother and daughter Vivi's childhood friends come to the rescue by sending her a book, The Divine Secrets. The book follows the children and their bond which manifests itself through the YaYas. This novel is written in a very interesting style. It follows many different paths in order to create one story. It begins with Siddalee and her background. Then we see Vivi and her current life. As the Divine Secrets comes into play we begin to follow both Vivi's childhood and that of Siddalee as well. All in all a completely fascinating book. The author shows us how the tragic events in Vivi's life have scarred Siddalee. It calls the reader to try to understand their own childhood. In addition because of its dual perspectives it allows the reader to really see the cause and effect relationship between child and parent. A must read as it instills empathy in the reader. I will however give a fair warning that some parts may upset certain readers, proceed with caution.

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JSacharoff
Jun 14, 2012

Quick read about the complexities of relationships between mother and daughter. Women cope in different ways depending on the tools they have and what they can learn. This story opens up the minds of several generations of women to each other to help them understand and accept one another.

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LazyNeko
Jul 10, 2011

The story comes alive when it centers around Vivi and her friends growing up in WWII-era Louisiana, but really drags during the sections that involve her daughter Sidda in the present day, hiding out in some cabin being indecisive. Just way too much mother-daughter melodrama for my taste.

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kelliet
Jul 18, 2010

I've never seen the movie and honestly, I don't feel it could do justice to this book. The descriptive narration lets you get inside the characters and live the story right along with them.

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lwarman
Feb 11, 2010

If you think putting Tabasco sauce in your child's formula is fun, you'll like this book. If you think otherwise, it's a glorification of a neglectful alcoholic mother as a 'free spirit'.

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kljubisic
Jan 21, 2009

An excellent read - far better than the movie!

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LazyNeko
Jul 10, 2011

"Turning her head to look at each of her friends, Vivi saw Teensy and Caro and Necie as she had never seen them before. They seemed to glow from within, like there were lanterns inside their bodies. They looked very old to her, and very young all at once. They looked both invincible and utterly, utterly fragile. Their bodies were the density and weight that anchored her, that made her more real. She looked at them and loved them and was flooded with gratitude."

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