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YA-YAS IN BLOOM
REBECCA WELLS
ISBN: 069452574X (Cd book)
ISBN: 0060953659 (paperback)
April 2006
HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
Paperback
$13.95 U.S./$18.95 Canada
272 Pages
Chick lit
Rating: 4 Cups

Vivi Abbott, Teensy Whitman, Caro Brewer, and Neecie Kelleher all met as young girls to later form the mysterious Ya-Ya Sisterhood. They were characters in the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, and now Vivi returns to reflect on tales as her children go through their own metamorphosis.

Viviane Abbott Walker recalls moments shared with family and friends as the years pass from 1930 to the 1960’s. She confides how her lovely children blossomed before her eyes. How the Ya-Ya sisters brought her back with her oldest daughter Sidda after being on a verge of a mother/daughter divorce, and how dealing with many things in life, with children, was quite often an adventure.

Vivi’s unfolding stories reflect on unusual times that were often different and experimental. The times in the 1960’s were sometimes harsh and ugly as they coursed through a rough period with racism, new trends of music, and untried events that exposed Vivi’s children in the process. The family takes on events with religious conflict as they share much that issued through thirty years as a family matured while trying to understand life. From wondering should redheads wear pink, to making layaway payments on a globe, while putting dreams on hold for a while, these stories do have their moments.

Ya-Yas in Bloom is a collection of stories spreading memoirs that often remind the reader of their days of growing up, not to mention their own shenanigans they explored. It shows transformation in a family as they learn to accept change. Ms. Wells has taken from her heart and created stories to contemplate, to mend, to learn, and to make others feel the importance of friendship and the strength of family love. She puts the reader inside the pages where a family breathes life through the pages.

Cherokee
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