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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (309,848 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rebecca Wells Narrator: Rebecca Wells Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ya-Ya Sisterhood Series Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9780061961519
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“A big, blowzy romp through the rainbow eccentricities of three generations of crazy bayou debutantes.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“A very entertaining and, ultimately, deeply moving novel about the complex bonds between mother and daughter.”
Washington Post

“Mary McCarthy, Anne Rivers Siddons, and a host of others have portrayed the power and value of female friendships, but no one has done it with more grace, charm, talent, and power than Rebecca Wells.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch

The incomparable #1 New York Times bestseller—a book that reigned at the top of the list for an remarkable sixty-eight weeks—Rebecca Wells’s Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a classic of Southern women’s fiction to be read and reread over and over again. A poignant, funny, outrageous, and wise novel about a lifetime friendship between four Southern women, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood brilliantly explores the bonds of female friendship, the often-rocky relationship between mothers and daughters, and the healing power of humor and love, in a story as fresh and uplifting as when it was first published a decade and a half ago. If you haven’t yet met the Ya-Yas, what are you waiting for?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is the sweet and sad and goofy monkey-dance of life, as performed by a bevy of unforgettable Southern belles in a verdant garden of moonlit prose. Poignantly coo-coo, the Ya-Yas…will prance, priss, ponder, and party their way into your sincere affection.”

    Tom Robbins, author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

  • “A very entertaining and, ultimately, deeply moving novel about the complex bonds between mother and daughter.”

    Washington Post

  • “Wells’ voice is uniquely her own, funny and generous and full of love and heartbreak, in that grand Louisiana literary tradition of transforming family secrets into great stories.”

    New Orleans Times-Picayune

  • “An insightful, delicious novel.”

    Oregonian

  • “Ivey is magnificent in her performance of Wells’ sprawling, delicious novel of lifelong female friendship and mother-daughter tension and reconciliation…Ivey performs each character with conviction and emotion. Through her performance, listeners can see the characters, colorful events, and the tangle and friction of close-knit, complicated relationships.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A wonderfully irreverent look at life in small-town Louisiana from the thirties on up to the present through the eyes of the Ya-Yas, a gang of merry, smart, brave, poignant, and unforgettable goddesses.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn Glenn | 2/16/2014

    " I listened to this on CD and that was a big mistake! The author reads it and I've never heard a book read more dramatically. Drove me nuts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mckinley | 2/4/2014

    " Book better than movie "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry Pinion | 1/31/2014

    " book beats the movie "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheryl | 1/26/2014

    " Funny...sad...could so picture the escapades and the characters...a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juanita Carter | 1/22/2014

    " I love the book and I love the movie. It reflects the depth of American women- and is so close to the lives of my grandmother, mother, and myself all at once that it is scary! I couldn't help but cry in parts, it was so close to home. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 1/18/2014

    " I sheepishly admit to enjoying reading this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Paul | 1/1/2014

    " So so - easy read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katharina | 12/29/2013

    " I laughed, I cringed, I nodded my head as I related to the ups-and-downs of the mother-daughter relationships outlined in this book. The author's tactic of shifting from past to present keeps this book flowing back and forth. Well-written. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate Moffett-Polacci | 12/28/2013

    " Total schlock. I read it years ago, and it still bothers me to think about it, or when I see it in used bookstores. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kiessa | 12/23/2013

    " This energetic book is one that everyone was reading for a while there. I hopped on the bandwagon, but didn't share the joy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare | 12/20/2013

    " I enjoyed the movie. The book, not so much. The mother character was abusive and odd, and I expected the ending the have some sort of climax, yelling match, punches thrown. Alas, just a wedding and tears. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marguerite | 12/20/2013

    " This was amusing -- for a while. But, it flirted with being annoying. I find Anne Rivers Siddons and Fannie Flagg more my cup of tea. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rosalia Lai | 12/18/2013

    " Although well written , it left me feeling angry..not a book I enjoyed like I thought I would. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie Lynn | 11/21/2013

    " Holy under rated novel! This book had me laughing and crying and talking about it months later. Too bad the movie sucked. READ THIS BOOK! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 11/5/2013

    " Very readable, with interesting women who lived and suffered during the 1930's and 40's. Some of them were hard to like even though they were given painful lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 9/20/2013

    " This book is both serious and funny. There is no way the movie could do justice to this book. I literally laughed aloud when reading this book. I related to the southern ways of the women in this book. This is a must read and should not be judged by the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Simpson | 9/18/2013

    " I love this book, love the move, love the Ya-Ya's! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 7/12/2013

    " I loved it. Not the greatest lit, but it just made me appreciate my friends even more even though we're nothing like the Ya Yas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/7/2013

    " If you love Southern novels and characters this is a fabulous book. Explores the bonds of friendship and the depths of family relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Bartels | 5/2/2013

    " Chick book for sure but funny and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Edgell | 8/25/2012

    " A great read, although there were lots of hokey and typical moments. Somewhat predictable, a little slow moving at points, but overall a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sunny | 6/30/2012

    " My brother even liked this book. It is really very good and fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy Bartel | 6/24/2012

    " This book made me laugh and cry. Good story! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Are | 6/21/2012

    " Hey it almost took me a year but I finished it! Just couldn't get into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marjorie | 1/2/2012

    " Didn't think I'd like it, but I did. I enjoyed this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kyle | 10/27/2011

    " The book was okay. I think I just might have fallen into a case of the wrong demographic for the book. Well written and provides satirical insights into the relationships between women as friends, and as mothers and daughters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Di Barnett | 6/11/2011

    " A sucker for fun Southern fiction- I adored this one. A lovely look into amazing friendships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey | 5/21/2011

    " I DEVOURED this book, it owned me, and I finished reading it only to flip back to the beginning to read again. One of those books you never forget. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darlene | 5/21/2011

    " I thought this chic lit was a waste of time. But to each her own! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michèle | 5/20/2011

    " La force de l'amitié et la complicité de quatre amies d'enfance, qui traversent joies et difficultés dans le sud des Etats-Unis, un pied de nez à l'hypocrisie et aux convenances. Une amitié qui franchit les années... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/14/2011

    " I hate this book with a fiery passion! did i spell fiery wrong? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maren | 5/13/2011

    " I was really not amused by this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 5/10/2011

    " Listen to this in audio as well. Done VERY well! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mercedes | 5/10/2011

    " This book made me laugh it made me cry. But what it does best is remind me of the incredible female relationships I have been blessed with. Ya Ya's!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 5/9/2011

    " 3.5 stars. I liked it, but I felt like Sidda didn't get a good understanding of her mother from the scrapbook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 5/9/2011

    " I could not put this story down when I read it many yrs ago. The many relationships and issues were so layered. I was a
    member of a women's group that had its own web of stories...my ya-yas. The followup books never captured me and the movie had too many holes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti | 5/4/2011

    " Nice, sweet, nostalgic fluff. Good for beaches or times when you might be interrupted - a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casey | 5/3/2011

    " all Rebecca Bloom books are great. perfect blend of all the good stuff one needs for a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamierip | 4/30/2011

    " Not my favorite. we read it as a bookgroup and could appreciate the friendship bonds, and enjoyed some of the funny stories, Wouldn't necessarily recommined this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 4/29/2011

    " This book made me think about how fragile we all are - mothers and daughters - how tenuous our lives and relationships can be and how very very important we are to each other despite all our failings. It is a favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KK | 4/25/2011

    " This book should be marked as higher than 5 stars. Sincerely one of the most captivating and charming books I have had the pleasure to read. "

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About the Author
Author Rebecca Wells

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.