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Book Title: YA-Yas in Bloom|
The author of the book: Rebecca Wells
ISBN 13: 9781415921418
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 27.65 MB
Edition: Books on Tape
Date of issue: October 1st 2005
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Rebecca Wells's wonderful third book in her Ya-Ya trilogy, which includes
Little Altars Everywhere and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya
Sisterhood, is sure to provide reading that makes you laugh and cry, a
book that will break your heart and mend it again.
Ya-Yas in Bloom reveals the roots of the Ya-Yas' friendship in the
1930s, following Vivi, Teensy, Caro and Necie 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. Using as narration
the alternating voices of Vivi and the Petite Ya-Yas, Siddalee and Baylor
Walker, as well as other denizens of Thornton, Louisiana, Wells 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 Louisiana sass shine through.
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.
Read information about the authorRebecca Wells was born and raised in Alexandria, Louisiana. “I grew up,” she says, “in the fertile world of story-telling, filled with flamboyance, flirting, futility, and fear.” Surrounded by Louisiana raconteurs, a large extended family, and Our Lady of Prompt Succor’s Parish, Rebecca’s imagination was stimulated at every turn. Early on, she fell in love with thinking up and acting in plays for her siblings—the beginnings of her career as an actress and writer for the stage. She recalls her early influences as being the land around her, harvest times, craw-fishing in the bayou, practicing piano after school, dancing with her mother and brothers and sister, and the close relationship to her black “mother” who cleaned for the Wells household. She counts black music and culture from Louisiana as something that will stay in her body’s memory forever.
In high school, she read Walt Whitman’s “I Sing the Body Electric,” which opened her up to the idea that everything in life is a poem, and that, as she says, “We are not born separately from one another.” She also read “Howl,” Allen Ginsberg’s indictment of the strangling consumer-driven American culture he saw around him. Acting in school and summer youth theater productions freed Rebecca to step out of the social hierarchies of high school and into the joys of walking inside another character and living in another world.
The day after she graduated from high school, Rebecca left for Yellowstone National Park, where she worked as a waitress. It was an introduction to the natural glories of the park—mountains, waterfalls, hot springs, and geysers—as well as to the art of hitchhiking.
Rebecca graduated from Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, where she studied theater, English, and psychology. She performed in many college plays, but also stepped outside the theater department to become awakened to women’s politics. During this time she worked as a cocktail waitress--once accidentally kicking a man in the shins when he slipped a ten-dollar bill down the front of her dress—and began keeping a journal after reading Anais Nin, which she has done ever since.
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