Ya-Yas in Bloom

By Rebecca Wells
(HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780060195342, 272pp.)

Publication Date: March 29, 2005

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio Cassette, Paperback

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For readers everywhere who are ga-ga for the Ya-Yas and clamoring for more and for those who are lucky enough to be discovering the Ya-Yas for the first time, comes a new book about the incomparable Sisterhood, bursting with life and funnier than ever....

An emotionally charged addition to Rebecca Wells' award-winning bestseller Little Altars Everywhere and #1 New York Times bestseller Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, YA-YAS IN BLOOM reveals the roots of the Ya-Yas' friendship in the 1930s and roars with all the raw power of Vivi Abbott Walker's 1962 T-Bird through sixty years of marriage, child-raising, and hair-raising family secrets.

When four-year-old Teensy Whitman prisses one time too many and stuffs a big old pecan up her nose, she sets off the chain of events that lead Vivi, Teensy, Caro, and Necie to become true sister-friends. Told in alternating voices of Vivi and the Petite Ya-Yas, Siddalee and Baylor Walker, as well as other denizens of Thornton, Louisiana, YA-YAS IN BLOOM show us the Ya-Yas in love and at war with convention. Through crises of faith and hilarious lapses of parenting skills, brushes with alcoholism and glimpses of the dark reality of racial bigotry, the Ya-Ya values of unconditional loyalty, high style, and Cajun sass shine through. Necies wise credo, "Just think pretty pink and blue thoughts," helps too...

But in the Ya-Yas' inimitable way, these four remarkable women also teach their children about the Mysteries: the wonder of snow in the deep South, the possibility that humans are made of stars, and the belief that miracles do happen. And they need a miracle when old grudges and wounded psyches lead to a heartbreaking crime...and the dynamic web of sisterhood is the only safety net strong enough to hold families together and endure.

After two bestsellers and a blockbuster movie, the Ya-Yas have become part of American culture -- icons for the power of women's friendship. YA-YAS IN BLOOM continues the saga, giving us more Ya-Ya lore, spun out in the rich patois of the Louisiana bayou country and brim full of the Ya-Ya message to embrace life and each other with joy.




About the Author

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.




Praise For Ya-Yas in Bloom

“Having friends like the Ya-Yas is something every woman wants and the lucky ones get.”
-The Sentinel

“Reveals the roots of the friendship of the Ya-Ya sisterhood.”
-USA Today

“Unforgettable characters.”
-Southern Living

“Readers in touch with their inner Ya-Yas will feel right at home in Thornton.”
-New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Charming…Sparks of humor and sass.”
-Austin American-Statesman

“Wells is a marvelous writer.”
-Cleveland Plain Dealer

“A sharp ear for dialogue and one of the finest gifts for verbal insult this side of Dorothy Parker.”
-Wilmington Star News (NC)

“Hilarious…Had me laughing out loud…Brims with the Ya-Yas’ hallmark irreverence.”
-Rocky Mountain News

“The charm here is in the details, the dialogue, and Wells’ canny observations about life in Thorton, Louisiana.”
-Seattle Times

“A must-read…Rollicking anecdotes.”
-Detroit Free Press

“Irrepressible…Touching…A pleasure to read.”
-The Oregonian (Portland)

“Irrepressible…Touching…A pleasure to read.”
-The Oregonian (Portland)

“Every bit as joyful as the original…Uplifting, uproarious, saucy, and smart…lives up to the highest expectations”
-Booklist

“Hilarious…Had me laughing out loud…Brims with the Ya-Yas’ hallmark irreverence.”
-Rocky Mountain News

“Entertaining...Wells still charms.”
-Publishers Weekly

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