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Little Altars Everywhere By Rebecca Wells Little Altars Everywhere Little Altars Everywhere is a national best seller a companion to Rebecca Wells celebrated novel Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood Originally published in Little Altars introduces Sidda V

  • Title: Little Altars Everywhere
  • Author: Rebecca Wells
  • ISBN: 9780060759964
  • Page: 115
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  • Little Altars Everywhere By Rebecca Wells Little Altars Everywhere is a national best seller, a companion to Rebecca Wells celebrated novel Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood Originally published in 1992, Little Altars introduces Sidda, Vivi, the rest of the spirited Walker clan, and the indomitable Ya Yas.Told in alternating voices of Vivi and her husband, Big Shep, along with Sidda, her siblings Little SheLittle Altars Everywhere is a national best seller, a companion to Rebecca Wells celebrated novel Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood Originally published in 1992, Little Altars introduces Sidda, Vivi, the rest of the spirited Walker clan, and the indomitable Ya Yas.Told in alternating voices of Vivi and her husband, Big Shep, along with Sidda, her siblings Little Shep, Lulu, Baylor, and Cheney and Willetta the black couple who impact the Walkers lives in ways they never fully comprehend Little Altars embraces nearly thirty years of life on the plantation in Thorton, Louisiana, where the cloying air of the bayou and a web of family secrets at once shelter, trap and define an utterly original community of souls.Who can resist such cadences of Sidda Walker and her flamboyant, secretive mother, ViVi Here the young Sidda a precocious reader and an eloquent observer of the fault lines that divide her family leads us on a mischievous adventures at Our Lady of Divine Compassion parochial school and beyond A Catholic girl of pristine manners, devotion, and provocative ideas, Sidda is the very essence of childhood joy and sorrow.In a series of luminous reminiscences, we also hear Little Shep s stories of his eccentric grandmother, Lulu s matter of fact account of her shoplifting skills, and Baylor s memories of Vivi and her friends, the Ya Yas.Beneath the humor and tight knit bonds of family and friendship lie
    Little Altars Everywhere By Rebecca Wells

    Little Altars Everywhere by Rebecca Wells Jan , Little Altars Everywhere is a national best seller, a companion to Rebecca Wells celebrated novel Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood Originally published in , Little Altars Little Altars Everywhere Rebecca Wells Little Altars Everywhere is a national best seller, a companion to Rebecca Wells celebrated novel Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood Originally published in , Little Altars introduces Sidda, Little Altars Everywhere A Novel The Ya Ya Series 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 Little Altars Everywhere Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya

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    1. Ami on said:

      This book leaves a bad taste in my mouth and a hole in my heart.I have previously read the other two books in the Ya Ya series, and upon completion I felt Vivi Walker was a damaged woman who sincerely tried to do the best she could with the hand she was dealt Ya Yas in Bloom, in particular, ended with a feeling of redemption for the entire Walker clan However, after reading Little Altars Everywhere, I am disgusted beyond belief at this character The Vivi Walker in this book is a bitter, angry, c [...]

    2. Stevie on said:

      Consider this a review of all three of the Ya ya books because what I have to say about this one can t be said without referencing without spoilers, of course the other two These books are going to be love hate for everybody who touches them So let s get the good out of the way some people say this series sucks because it s another quirky my dysfunctional family series and really, that s misleading The movie made it into that, sure, but these books are a lot deeper than that Wells writes charact [...]

    3. Vanessa on said:

      I almost want to say there is something Proustian about this novel except while I don t fear intellectual eye rolling over my calling a popular novel written by and about southern women Proustian, I do fear eye rolling over not quite correct use of the word What I mean, then, is reading this novel was a gorgeously vivid sensory experience When the Walker kids went to swim in the pond, I saw and felt and smelled it like I was in that same summertime water I felt the cool concrete floors of the gr [...]

    4. RunRachelRun on said:

      Not as good as Ya Ya , but yikes Vivi is a child molester Yuck I actually couldn t believe reading that chapter it s as if Rebecca Wells got tired of creating this amazing whirlwind of a character and decided that she had to have a truly evil center For me, it s like Wells burned down the barn

    5. Marvin on said:

      After 100 pages I had to give up on this Maybe I have a beef with stories about dysfunctional Southern families No, that s not true I love Flannery O Connor And anyone who perused my book list knows I do not shy away from the darker aspects of lifeor from very dark comedies, which I think this is trying to be Yet Wells seems to think there is something warm and funny about abuse and molestation The scatter shot styling of writing and alternating viewpoints dd not help at all to bring any organiz [...]

    6. Heather on said:

      I think one of the reasons I like this book is because it provides a sense of realism compared to the fluff in the YaYa book For all those women that believe they are only capable of mentally digesting useless chick lit, and they blindly read books by their favorite chick lit authors I m sure they hated this book with a passion Our world is not a Disney cartoon, and there are plenty of people that have addictions, and that consciously emotionally physically sexually exploit and abuse others Thes [...]

    7. Mahala on said:

      Awful, awful book I loved Divine Secrets years ago and recently reread it to find it was better than I remembered So I read Little Altars for the first time and it ruined this storyline for me Namely, Vivi Dahlin, the mother you love to hate I had some empathy for her in Divine Secrets, but in Little Altars, you discover she s a monster of a child abuser I liked her better when I thought she really only had one bad episode with her children And honestly, it was unbelievable for the Vivi characte [...]

    8. Joanne Ishmael on said:

      I read this book a few years ago, before reading Ya Ya s, and just recently got it back from my mom, who was cleaning out her office bookshelves That woman has an enviable library I was shocked when re reading some things I must have forgotten in my original reading of the book I don t think I would have moved on to divine secrets , or have loved the movie so much, had I remembered some of the details Part of me wonders, why was it included, near the end of the book, with Little Shep, in the one [...]

    9. Madeline on said:

      I don t care if it s fluffy chick lit look at my dysfunctional family memoir trash, I still love these characters You can t go anywhere with Mama without things getting nuts If it s going along too smooth she will invent something just to stir things up Sometimes we ll be downtown shopping and everything s going normal, and Mama will put her fingers in her mouth and let out the loudest, most piercing whistle you ever heard in your life Then everyone gets startled and drops what they re doing and [...]

    10. Jennifer Bloom on said:

      This book was much fucked up than I thought it would be Two stars may not be enough but after pounding through it all night I can t decide if I want to kill the author or myself I am almost afraid to read the other two books But, I shall soldier on

    11. April on said:

      Southern gothic for the rural set I feel like I stepped back in time to a childhood I never had but totally could have All 4 doorways perfectly balanced too

    12. Chana on said:

      I think a childhood in America in the 1960 s is going to have a lot in common whether you grew up in the suburbs of S Calif like I did, or in a farming family in a small town in Louisiana like the character Siddalee and her siblings From being called Sara Bernhardt when you pouted and stomped your foot and whined, to watching Roadrunner on TV, to eating Ritz crackers, bologna sandwiches, Fritos, grilled cheese sandwiches, coca cola, and snickers bars, calling things even steven , being told to p [...]

    13. Cammie Bishop on said:

      This book is worth reading I like all the child characters and the maid, Willetta I find it has some interesting metaphors For example, the characters try to fix their deeply sad and disturbed psyches with obsessive religious rituals and pills and alcohol throughout the story, and then it casually mentions that at the same time they were chasing DDT trucks and covering themselves in this dangerous poison to keep the bugs away I like that book is written from the point of views of many different [...]

    14. Lindsey on said:

      I am SO glad I read this after Ya Ya Ugh, if I had read it beforehand, I may not have read the other book at all.YaYa was written in a way that made Vivi seem human, but also with a decidedly magical charisma In Altars she was well, I dunno Totally bonkers, I guess I d say And this is on TOP of being an alcoholic, which tore my dress a little I felt like it stole away some of the magic.By itself it s a humorous, touching, poignant read but as a companion book to YaYa it s I dunno It d be like ta [...]

    15. Jess the Audiobookworm on said:

      4.5Loads better than the movie which I love.Incredible narrator

    16. Mitch on said:

      I picked up this book due to the fame of the Ya Ya s, and it sounded promising with claims for multiple viewpoints telling the story, a Southern mentality and culture, and humor.It didn t take long to start disliking it, which surprised me.This wasn t due to the author s skill this was due to the terrible characters in the Walker family.There is an alcoholic father who is abusive, a similarly addicted mother who is selfish like it s going out of style and is cruel to her children, and several ch [...]

    17. Skylar Burris on said:

      The blurb I read about this book billed it as a novel and said that it was funny Well, it s only funny in the sense, as one of the characters says, of not funny ha ha, but funny tired Funny sad The book is also like a short story cycle than a novel Characters and themes weave together throughout the collection, but each chapter is somewhat self contained and there are large gaps in time As such, there wasn t a lot of the sustained tension typically present in a novel, and so I was not compelled [...]

    18. April on said:

      Fastest I v read any book this year Love, love, love this writer, a cross between Judy Blume and Jodi Picoult The narrative switches between characters and the plot is built around what each character says and their point of view For the most part it is told in the present tense, but switches back and forth between the 60s and 90s The chapters aren t necessarily in chronological order, however, that doesn t diminish the power of the story This is the introductory book to the famous Divine Secret [...]

    19. Tiffany on said:

      A prequel to the Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, this novel is a portrait of Siddalee Walker s childhood upbringing in a dysfunctional family The novel is told from multiple different perspectives, including Sidda, her father, sister, brothers, and hired help Rebecca Wells is a great story teller for sure, and it was easy for me to slip into the emotional world of this novel Having the novel told from different perspectives was also interesting, as it presented the secrets within the fam [...]

    20. Alli on said:

      I started this book knowing that it was the first one in the series of the Ya Ya s I had read the Devine Secrets a couple of years ago and wanted to start from the beginning, something I m doing with all of the series that I have started somewhere in the middle I loved the Devine Secrets, than the movie but still just as good This book goes into not just the life of Siddalee Walker but rather the lives of all of the family member, Vivi, Shep, Little Shep, Lulu, and Baylor as well as the Letta a [...]

    21. Gregg on said:

      I read this book back in the early 90 s when it was first published and totally loved it I decided to read listen to it again and see if it was as good as I remembered It was I m irritated by reviewers who call this a book a sequel to Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood It s not This was the original book Divine Secrets is the sequel Many of these same readers don t seem to like the heaviness of Little Altars Everywhere I agree that this book deals with some dark themes, but I find Little Alt [...]

    22. Amy on said:

      Told by all the different voices of this wonderfully witty, funny and troubled southern clan, this was the pre quel to the Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood It s a book essentally about relationships If you fell in love with the Ya Yas like I did, you will appreciate getting to know them better in their younger years and gaining an even better understanding of their undying loyalty If you appreciated Sidda s dry sarcasm as an adult like I did, then you will enjoy all the little things that [...]

    23. Connie on said:

      Easy read I liked the writing and the fact that the chapters are from various characters points of view But why is so much literature and drama centered on people who are really messed up I mean, we re all messed up in our own special ways, but there s such a lot of real dysfunction in fiction In this book, the mother, Vivi, is a narcissistic alcoholic who sexually abuses and beats her children The father, also a heavy drinker, struggles with constant feelings of inadequacy and is absent much of [...]

    24. Carmen on said:

      After loving every second of DSoftheYYS, I was surprised to find that whole minutes of this novel left me queasy I don t mind heavy emotional lifting, but this was heavy and twisted If only I had had some warning that this companion story was of a completely different mood genre vein, maybe I could rate it higher But my nausea won t let me.I do remember a friend warning me not to read it She said the book was a downer But as I said, I enjoy good stories even if they aren t all tra la la Anna Kar [...]

    25. Camille McCarthy on said:

      I really like Rebecca Wells writing It is funny but also very deep, and even when she writes in dialogue it still flows very nicely It was rougher to read than Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood and made me question why the children still talk to the mother at all Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood is also a lot cohesive but for a first novel, this was pretty good This book gives a lot background to the Walker family It s so scary to see how much the parents would drink and how they co [...]

    26. Lori on said:

      Please, I am begging you, skip the YaYas and go straight to this book This is the money This is the one you need to read These are the characters before they became insufferable These are the characters before the author envisioned them being played in a movie That s all I can figure since the writing just went off the rails when she got to the YaYas and Siddalee became a dramaturge or something or other and they ended up jumping up and down on the porch trying to catch their tears in jars I mea [...]

    27. Barksdale Penick on said:

      This collection of related vignettes tells the story of a family in rural Lousiana It starts in a humorous tone, with tales of the mother and friends the Ya Yas , but turns serious, perhaps a little too abruptly It has one of the best stories I have ever read the chapater about Looking for Mules, which mixes strands of aging, poinancy, and lost opportunities Really wonderful I strongly recommend this book.

    28. Lindsay on said:

      This book is terrible While it is interesting to see of the lives of the characters of Divine Secrets this book just jumps around and doesn t have the main storyline to hold the various stories together, or make us care about what we are reading view spoiler As a note don t take less than 5 minutes to tell us that the main character is a child molester if you a don t plan on ever talking about it again and b want us to like her through the rest of the series hide spoiler

    29. Dustin on said:

      Despite evidence to the contrary, this is the prequel to Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, a novel that I ve been curious about for many years Call it a guilty pleasure, if you would.

    30. Katie on said:

      I should say I read Divine Secrets first That book is one of my top 5 books of all time and helped me through my PPD after my second baby, so I eagerly dove into this prequel I read it until the Very Bad Thing happened, and then I slammed the book shut and pretended it never happened.

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