Rebecca Wells's wonderful third book in her Ya-Ya trilogy, which includes Little Altars Everywhere and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, is sure to provide reading that makes you laugh and cry, a book that will break your heart and mend it again.
Ya-Yas in Bloom reveals the roots of the Ya-Yas' friendship in the 1930s, following Vivi, Teensy, Caro and Necie through sixty years of marriage, child-raising, and hair-raising family secrets.
When four-year-old Teensy Whitman prisses one time too many and stuffs a big old pecan up her nose, she sets off the chain of events that lead Vivi, Teensy, Caro, and Necie to become true sister-friends. Using as narration the alternating voices of Vivi and the Petite Ya-Yas, Siddalee and Baylor Walker, as well as other denizens of Thornton, Louisiana, Wells show us the Ya-Yas in love and at war with convention. Through crises of faith and hilarious lapses of parenting skills, brushes with alcoholism and glimpses of the dark reality of racial bigotry, the Ya-Ya values of unconditional loyalty, high style, and Louisiana sass shine through.
But in the Ya-Yas' inimitable way, these four remarkable women also teach their children about the Mysteries: the wonder of snow in the deep South, the possibility that humans are made of stars, and the belief that miracles do happen. And they need a miracle when old grudges and wounded psyches lead to a heartbreaking crime...and the dynamic web of sisterhood is the only safety net strong enough to hold families together and endure.
After two bestsellers and a blockbuster movie, the Ya-Yas have become part of American culture -- icons for the power of women's friendship. Ya-Yas in Bloom continues the saga, giving us more Ya-Ya lore, spun out in the rich patois of the Louisiana bayou country and brim full of the Ya-Ya message to embrace life and each other with joy.
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This scary development assorts very oddly with earlier feel-good episodes that show the Ya-Yas facing down such all-too-easy targets as Necie’s narrow-minded husband George (he doesn’t like the Beatles!) and a censorious nun (she’s shocked when Vivi’s six-year-old son brings in his mother’s garte...| Read Full Review of Ya-Yas in Bloom
From this artifact of Vivi's own lifelong friendship with three women collectively known as ""the Ya-Ya's,"" and from Sidda's response to it, a story unfolds regarding a dark period in Vivi and Sidda's past that plagues their present relationship.| Read Full Review of Ya-Yas in Bloom
The Ya-Ya sisters shimmy on and off stage in this disjointed follow-up to Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood , Wells's bestselling novel about the singular friendship and escapades of four larger-than-life Southern women.Feb 14 2005 | Read Full Review of Ya-Yas in Bloom
We learn about their early days in 1930s Louisiana, their time spent at the Bob Theater (run by Caro's parents), searching for the elusive Coco Robichaux, and later, the many shows the Ya-Yas mounted at various holiday parties --- opportunities that provided the foundation for young Sidda's futur...Jan 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Ya-Yas in Bloom
more like vignettesNot as strong as Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya SisterhoodDescriptionVignettes describing more about the Ya-Yas and their offspringWells' sweet, Southern voiceThis Ya-Ya book does not delve into the dark sides of the Ya-Yas lives as much as the previous booksA fun book about frien...Feb 11 2013 | Read Full Review of Ya-Yas in Bloom
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