Author: Rebecca Wells
Publisher: Harper, 1998
I’ve just spent nearly 15 hours with a group of female friends who live in central Louisiana. It wasn’t actually a physical visit. It was a mental and emotional visit via my iPod, but it felt so real that you can’t tell me those people aren’t still alive.
Vivi, Caro, Teensy and Necie met as young girls in the mid-1920s but they’re now nearing 70. They were full of fun and imaginative play. The girls loved to play pranks and were in sync with each other their entire lives. Their bond was as close as loving and supportive sisters. Together they formed the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. The four of them have been there for each other, fixing everything as they go.
Now its Vivi’s daughter, Sidda, who needs their help. Sidda is a successful director of stage plays and is engaged to a wonderful man. But – Sidda decides to postpone her wedding because she truly believes she’s incapable of love.
Sidda has always had a rocky relationship with her mother. Vivi has so many demons in her past that they effected her ability to always be there for her children. Vivi didn’t always show love to Sidda and now Sidda feels she might be like her mother.
The Ya-Yas convince Vivi to to send Sidda a scrapbook Vivi has been filling all her life. Its called the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. The book is filled with mementos but it also takes an in-depth look at the events in Vivi’s life as well as those of the other women. For Sidda it contains the answers to what made Vivi a, sometimes, unfit mother.
Initially I did not like Vivi, but as Sidda began to uncover the secrets in Vivi’s life, my opinion changed. It softened as I saw what Vivi’s mother did to her and some other tragic events as well. The support Vivi received from her “sisters” was something not seen often. They trusted each other completely and rescued each other without question. In Vivi’s case, they saved her life. It was a beautiful friendship to observe.
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood was a book club selection. We were in agreement in our love for the story and the characters. The catholic church played a part in this story which lead to a good part of our discussion. Over half of our members are catholic and I enjoyed how they compared their experiences with those of the women in the book.
The author has written two more books in this “sisterhood series.” It includes the same characters and, based on that, we all want to read at least one of those books. We felt we will need another visit with the Ya-Yas. This makes an excellent book club selection.