Little Altars Everywhere
I loved how each story...more
After having seen "Divine Secrets..." countless times, I picked up this and Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood months or even years ago at a thrift shop.
This first book by Wells is reminiscent, to me, of Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver in that each chapter is told from a different character's point of view. If you've seen the movie, most of the tales recounted by each of the 4 children, Wiletta, Vivi, and Shep are familiar. If I hadn't seen the movie, though, I think I would feel as i...more
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...more
"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 do...more
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, more 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...more
I love the characters, especially Chaney and Willetta and found the book to be both heartwarming and emotional. I am so glad I read it.
Back Cover Blurb:
Little Altars Everywhere offers another look into the tur...more
I especially enjoyed listening to this on tape as the reader’s accents bring to life the southern nature of these stories exquisitely. In fact it’s hard not to crave a sweet iced tea or may...more
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. I...more
Rebecca Wells is extremely talented. I...more
The book is about the Walker family that lives on a plantation in Louisiana. The main character is Siddalee Walker, who is a grown up and dreaming of herself as a child again in her dreams, she wakes up and she's laughing and thinking of her mother who she loves dearly.
We also meet "Little Shep," Siddalee's brother, named after "Big Shep," their father. We also meet Baylor, the younger brother, and...more