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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (18,951 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:
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Little Altars Everywhere is the New York Times bestselling companion to Rebecca Wells’ celebrated novel Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

Told in the alternating voices of Vivi and her husband, Big Shep, along with Sidda, her siblings Little Shep, Lulu, and Baylor, as well as the almost-but-not-quite family Cheney and Willetta, Wells embraces nearly thirty years of life on their plantation in Thornton, Louisiana, where the cloying air of the bayou and a web of family secrets at once shelters, traps, and defines an utterly original community of souls.

Little Altars Everywhere is an insightful, piercing, and unflinching evocation of childhood, a loving tribute to the transforming power of faith, and a thoroughly fresh chronicle of a family that is as haunted as it is blessed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rebecca Wells has written a funny, eloquent, and sad novel that easily leaps regional bounds.”

    Washington Post

  • “Energetic and delicious…each voice is unique, independent and right on.”

    Seattle Times

  • “A gem of a book…Wells offers a virtuoso performance.”

    Denver Post

  • “Author Rebecca Wells uses her considerable acting talent to perform this abridgment, adding even more spark to her already lively characters…More like a recording of a one-woman show than a mere reading, Altars is an excellent example of how entertaining audiobooks can be.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Wells effectively juxtaposes the innocence and joy of childhood reveries with the pain and guilt of adult memories.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “At the Walker family altar, sainthood is a one-way ticket to purgatory, and getting there is half the fun.” 

    Columbus Dispatch

  • “This crazy, joyful Louisiana family has its share of secrets…Wells’ keen sense of character and superb ear for voice unify the loose assemblage of tales.”

    Library Journal

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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chris | 2/20/2014

    " Wells' first outing with the Ya-Yas is very similar to the beginning of adolescence-- at times it's a little awkward, things don't always seem to work properly, but its undeniably heartfelt in everything that it attempts. When it was first written, I don't believe that Wells had her characters fully formed yet. But with these shortcomings (which are few), readers will still be impressed and captivated by the author's lyrical prose and obvious joy when writing about Louisiana. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Miranda | 2/14/2014

    " A fictional cross between "The Glass Castle" and "A Girl Named Zippy." Crossing my path courtesy of my new book club pals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Antonina Sh | 2/13/2014

    " THis is more like essays written in voices of different generations of quite a dysfunctional Louisiana family. Probably not the best exemplar of Southern American literature, and personally I enjoyed Secrets of Ya Ya sisterhood much much more, but it's still got the air and that "taste" of Southern decadence, cotton and rice, and society, so it's a good light reading for lazy hot summer afternoons "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Peggy Parsons | 2/9/2014

    " Reading Ya-Ya series out of order has worked for me. Ya-Yas in Bloom got gobbled up first, delightful book. It shows several joys experienced by Vivi's children while giving a peek that everything is not perfect. This book, Little Altars Everywhere, reveals how imperfect the family situation really was. So interesting to see the burden each person carried, including the father. Rebecca Wells' voice is strong and insightful. Now I need to read Divine Secrets of the YA-YA Sisterhood. "

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