Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Paperback - 2002
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When Siddalee Walker, oldest daughter of Vivi Abbott Walker, Ya-Ya extraordinaire, is interviewed in the New York Times about a hit play she's directed, her mother gets described as a "tap-dancing child abuser." Enraged, Vivi disowns Sidda. Devastated, Sidda begs forgiveness, and postpones her upcoming wedding. All looks bleak until the Ya-Yas step in and convince Vivi to send Sidda a scrapbook of their girlhood mementos, called "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood." As Sidda struggles to analyze her mother, she comes face to face with the tangled beauty of imperfect love, and the fact that forgiveness, more than understanding, is often what the heart longs for.

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood may call to mind Prince of Tides in its unearthing of family darkness; in its unforgettable heroines and irrepressible humor and female loyalty, it echoes Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.

Publisher: New York : HarperTorch, 2002, c1996.
Edition: First HarperTorch mass market edition
ISBN: 9780060502256
Characteristics: 469 pages ;,18 cm.


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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'.

Jan 21, 2009

An excellent read - far better than the movie!


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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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