Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
By Rebecca Wells
HarperCollins, 1996. 356 pgs. Fiction
When Sidda reveals some less than ideal circumstances about her Southern upbringing in a New York Times interview, her mother, Vivi, disowns her. Vivi’s closest group of friends, the Ya-Ya’s, strive to bridge the gap between mother and daughter. They convince Vivi to send her precious scrapbook, the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, so that Sidda can better understand her mother’s life.
Though this is technically a sequel, it also works as a stand alone novel. I found the story interesting and enjoyed reading it. The chapters bounced between Sidda’s perspective and Vivi’s perspective/memories, but not in a confusing way. The dialogue is as spicy as the Tobasco sauce the Ya-Ya’s love, so if language bothers you think twice before picking this one up. I can see this being a good read for people who enjoy more serious fiction, self discovery stories, and stories with parent/child struggles.