Rebecca Wells is an actor and playwright in addition to being the author of the phenomenal bestsellers Little Altars Everywhere and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. She has received numerous awards for her books.
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The follow-up to Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood which brings in the next generation. Full of Deep South warmth, humour, wisdom, loyalty and just plain fun, this is an absolute delight.Similar this month: Paula Wall, Elizabeth Berg.Comparison: Fannie Flagg, Jodi Picoult, Elinor Lipman.
An emotionally charged addition to Rebecca Wells' award-winning bestseller Little Altars Everywhere and #1 New York Times bestseller Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Ya-Yas in Bloom reveals the roots of the Ya-Yas' friendship in the 1930s and roars through sixty years of marriage, children, 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. Ya-Yas in Bloom shows 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 Cajun sass shine through at a time when the dynamic web of sisterhood is the only safety net strong enough to hold families together and endure.Performed by Judith Ivey
Rebecca Wells has done it again.A new book full of Southern charm and unique charactersimpossible to put down.Houston ChronicleWells weaves that magic spell again.New Orleans Times-PicayuneFor Ya-Ya fans everywhere, New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Wells returns with The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder. The creator of the literary sensations Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Little Altars Everywhere, and Ya-Yas in Bloom delivers an unforgettable new stand-alone novel about the pull of first love, the power of home, and everyday magic. No matter if you already adore the Ya-Yas or havent yet entered the miraculous world of Rebecca Wells, you are going to loveand never forgetCalla Lily Ponder.
For longtime Ya-Ya fans, as well as the lucky ones discovering Wells for the first time, comes Wells's new standalone novel about the pull of first love, the power of home, and everyday magic. My name is Calla Lily Ponder. I was born in 1953, in La Luna, Louisiana. So begins Calla Lily's journey through her magical childhood in La Luna, a small town named after the sparkling river from which Calla draws her strength time and time again. It's in La Luna where Calla Lily discovers her talent for fixing people's hair-learned at the side of her talented and loving mother-but also the transformative gift of first love.A series of tragic events leads Calla to search for a fresh start in a beauty school in New Orleans, the wild and colourful city that allows Calla to flourish into adulthood, and to realize her healing hands can do much more than fix damaged hair.