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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
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Jul 13, 2008

did not like it
bookshelves: absolute-drek
Recommended for: People who do not read books but would like to think they read one
Read in January, 2004

I think Vivi WAS a tap-dancing child abuser. Any discussion of this fact ends at the "being whipped with the belt" scene. Vivi had no right to be enraged when this fact comes to light--she should have been embarrassed, yes. Her daughter arguably should not have revealed this dirty laundry but should have worked it through with her mother privately.

According to this book, a scrapbook of silly adventures with Vivi's zany friends makes that behavior forgivable...not an apology or explanation from Vivi. Daughter is chastened and forgives dear Vivi after reading the scrapbook.

Another thing...PLEASE, spare me the "Southern Women" stories. I live in the South and have never met anyone remotely like this...Thank God!
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message 1: by Eileen (new)

Eileen I agree with you about the "Southern Women" stories, Debbie. They're about as realistic as a fake Southern accent from a person born in Brooklyn!

I think child abuse, however, should definitely be revealed. Keeping it private is what allows it to continue. The mother's rage shows that it would have done little good to try to work it through privately, anyway.

Maria Debbie, I also live in the South, and my goodness, there are PLENTY of people like Vivi and the Ya-Yas.

message 3: by KnowledgeGeek (new)

KnowledgeGeek You've obviously missed the fact that Vivi was mentally ill. A fairly obvious point which contributed to her neglectful & abusive behavior toward her child.

message 4: by Dima (new) - added it

Dima read the prequel to this book to learn exactly how much of an abuser Vivian was.

Maria I believe it's called Ya-Ya's in bloom. And, yes, way more than just physical beating. Way more.

message 6: by Pat (new) - rated it 5 stars

Pat C. Vivi was also an abused child which is very typical - so typical it has a name "cycle of abuse". I don't think the scrapbook was just a bunch of zany stories. It was a vehicle for Sidda to more fully understand her mother. I think the fact that Vivi gave Sidda the book WAS her apology. People from that era were not prone to talking about their feelings.

Lydia Seriously. And, her mental illness is not an excuse. It's an explanation but not an excuse. She has no right to get upset and get verbally abusive with her daughter since 'abuser' was not a misrepresentation of Vivi Walker at all.

message 8: by Dana (new)

Dana Schuster Rebecca Wells was my sisters best friend at LSU My sister has visited the parents at their home says James Garner was the perfect Shep but both the book and the movie went way too easy on the mom Shevwas way worse than she was portrayed

message 9: by Dana (new)

Dana Schuster And of course she was raised by a crazy abusive mother

message 10: by Kady (new) - rated it 5 stars

Kady She obviously had ppd, with a nice dose of narcissistic personality disorder as well as whatever came from being abused herself.

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