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YA-Yas in Bloom
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Writer, actor, and playwright Rebecca Wells is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Ya-Yas in Bloom, Little Altars Everywhere, and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, which was made into a feature film. A native of Louisiana, she now lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest.

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How the Ya-Yas' friendship began, all the way back in the Thirties. A one-day laydown. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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. The author is off to a good start with the tale of how Vivi, Teensy, Caro and Necie met as little girls in 1930, their spunk and liveliness a harbinger of things to come. But the focus on the Ya-Yas' early years soon wavers and the novel is all over the map-here a few tales about the grown-up Ya-Yas, like Vivi's run-in with her son's first-grade teacher, a pompous nun; there a story about Vivi's eldest daughter, Sidda, one of the so-called "Petites Ya-Yas," and her directorial debut at age eight at a Valentine's Day party. A chapter appears out of nowhere from the viewpoint of Myrtis Spevey, a contemporary of the original Ya-Yas, who is so excessively jealous and resentful of the friends that she comes off as a cartoon character. After a vexing 30-year leap, Myrtis's creepy, emotionally ill daughter, Edythe, takes over the narrative, kidnapping one of the Ya-Yas' grandchildren. What begins as a collection of haphazard but entertaining snippets from the Ya-Yas' lives suddenly bumps up against a sober story about a missing child and the lengths to which parents will go to protect their young. Readers may lose patience as even the loose family-album format fails to hold up, but Wells still charms when she focuses on the redemptive power of family love and the special bond that comes from genuine, long-lived friendship. Agent, Kim Witherspoon. (One-day laydown Mar. 29) Forecast: Flaws aside, this has a chance at #1, though it may not stick at the top of the lists as long as Divine Secrets. Major ad/promo. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"A must-read...Rollicking anecdotes."--Detroit Free Press
"Irrepressible...Touching...A pleasure to read."--The Oregonian (Portland)
"Wells is a marvelous writer."--Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Charming...Sparks of humor and sass."--Austin American-Statesman
"Every bit as joyful as the original...Uplifting, uproarious, saucy, and smart...lives up to the highest expectations"--Booklist
"A sharp ear for dialogue and one of the finest gifts for verbal insult this side of Dorothy Parker."--Wilmington Star News (NC)
"Reveals the roots of the friendship of the Ya-Ya sisterhood."--USA Today
"Having friends like the Ya-Yas is something every woman wants and the lucky ones get."--The Sentinel
"Entertaining...Wells still charms."--Publishers Weekly
"Unforgettable characters."--Southern Living
"Hilarious...Had me laughing out loud...Brims with the Ya-Yas' hallmark irreverence."--Rocky Mountain News
"Readers in touch with their inner Ya-Yas will feel right at home in Thornton."--New Orleans Times-Picayune
"The charm here is in the details, the dialogue, and Wells' canny observations about life in Thorton, Louisiana."--Seattle Times

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