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January 10, 2012

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

Filed under: Bookclub Books,General Fiction — Femmes @ 3:07 pm
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Book Cover Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Rebecca Wells
Harper Perennial

Meeting: Friday 19th July 2002

When Siddalee Walker, eldest daughter of Vivi Abbott Walker (Ya-Ya extraordinaire – part Scarlett, part Katharine Hepburn, part Tallulah) is interviewed about a hit play she has directed, her mother is described as a ‘tap-dancing child abuser’. Enraged, Vivi disowns Sidda – devastating her daughter who postpones her wedding and puts her life on hold until she is granted forgiveness. Trying to repair the relationship, the Ya-Yas, Vivi’s intrepid tribe of Louisiana girlfriends, sashay in and insist Sidda is sent ‘The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood’, a scrapbook of their lives together from the day in 1932 when they were disqualified from a Shirley Temple lookalike contest for unladylike behaviour. Expected to raise babies, not Cain, the Ya-Yas are bonded for life in an unforgettable exploration of the complexities of mother-daughter relationships and the power of female friendship.

Synopsis from the back cover

Score awarded by Bibliofemme: 4.4 out of 5

What the other femmes had to say
The Historian “Enjoyable but forgettable.” 3/5

The Writer “Better than your standard chic-fic novel with some excellent evocation of mother-daughter relationships. ” 4/5

The DJ “A great bookclub book. Girly, poignant and funny but not overly original.” 4/5

The Techie “The highlight of my bookclub year, a story of friendship and family, that any woman could identify with.” 5/5

The Artist “The older women’s stories were indeed interesting but the daughter needed a kick in the ass. May induce toothache.” 3/5

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