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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: Judith Ivey Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ya-Ya Sisterhood Series Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9780061961618
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Don't miss Little Altars Everywhere, the New York Times bestselling companion novel that introduces the Ya–Yas and is also a basis for the film.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What an exciting new voice, and what a splendid first novel. Just wonderful!”

    Pat Conroy, New York Times bestselling author of The Prince of Tides

  • “It’s Wells’ tireless and ruthless evocation of childhood combined with an unfailingly shrewd comic ear that makes Little Altars Everywhere such a thoroughly joyful and welcome noise.”

    Andrew Ward, NPR commentator and author of Out Here: A Newcomer’s Note from the Great Northwest

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

    Washington Post

  • “Rebecca Well’s long-awaited first novel is a brilliant piece of work…a structural tour de force…a classic Southern tale of dysfunctional and marginal madness. The author’s gift for giving life to so many voice leaves the reader profoundly moved.”

    Seattle Weekly

  • “Judith Ivey is one of those artists who make you wish the US had a Living Treasure category for artists…The intelligence, wit, and sympathy with which Ivey performs are in no doubt at all…making an unforgettable portrait of a very specific time and place and family. A marvel.”

    AudioFile

  • “A hilarious and heartbreaking first novel.”

    Booklist

  • “Deceptively simple with its first-person narratives and everyday language, the story explores such weighty issues as the loss of innocence, the traditional roles of women in the South, and the plight of farmers.”

    Library Journal

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 2/20/2014

    " While this explains a lot of Vivi's excentricities Iit just didn't have the unity of the first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabrielle dncegrl | 2/15/2014

    " Not as good as Ya-Ya Sisterhood, but interesting as it shows different sides of the Walker clan, from different times and places. Still a wonderful book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sooz | 2/13/2014

    " This is the initial book put out by Rebecca Wells, the author of The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, which was such a hit with book clubs about ten years ago, and also a movie. This books is about the same characters; however, we get a deeper insight into the childhoods of the four children of Shep and Vivi Walker. The Ya-Ya sisterhood was romanticized in "Divine Secrets", only hinting at the character of Vivi Walker, who was not a stellar parental figure. In "Little Altars", more of this was revealed. A fast, compelling read, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cadillacrazy | 2/9/2014

    " Not as good as the follow-up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 2/5/2014

    " Please, I am begging you, skip the YaYas and go straight to this book. This is the money. This is the one you need to read. These are the characters before they became insufferable. These are the characters before the author envisioned them being played in a movie. That's all I can figure since the writing just went off the rails when she got to the YaYas and Siddalee became a dramaturge or something or other and they ended up jumping up and down on the porch trying to catch their tears in jars. I mean, really. This is a spitfire of a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Crittenden | 1/31/2014

    " she has a great writing sensibility... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 1/23/2014

    " Liked the Ya-Ya's better..this was a little dark. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 1/21/2014

    " DELIGHTFUL!! BEING CATHOLIC IN LOUSIANA IN THE 60'S---NOT MUCH DIFFERENT FROM BEING CATHOLIC ON LI IN THE 60'S!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 1/20/2014

    " I read this book first and liked it better than Ya-ya sisterhood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 schwab.jericho | 12/26/2013

    " Rebecca Wells captures darkness in families through this work. Although this is not my favorite of the ya-ya books, it sheds light on some of the struggles faced in the other books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 12/8/2013

    " Why do I even READ her books? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy Wax | 12/4/2013

    " Good but not as good as Divine Secrets--probably because it came second. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Magda | 11/18/2013

    " It was pretty depressing, but well-written. I am ambiguous about how I feel about it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsey Stepp | 10/31/2013

    " It was an ok book. I enjoyed the read but wouldnt pick it up a second time. Hopefully the other two will catch my attention more. BUT I will say that I would love to beat that mother for the way she treated her children. Not a mother at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tasha | 8/28/2013

    " Too dark for the bubble gum this is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dita | 8/24/2013

    " This is like a compilation of Vivian Abbot's family short fiction. It's the way Wells told the tale that made me really into it. I don't know why, she always managed to make a touchy ending, that gives you a warm feeling in your heart. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Virginia | 8/2/2013

    " This wasn't as good as the ya ya and a little disturbing...Don't read- "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shannon | 3/28/2013

    " kicking this to the curb. just not grabbing my interest... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juliana | 3/14/2013

    " not as good as Ya-ya's, but still a good read. It follows the same time frame but is mostly just little stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dina | 3/3/2013

    " I enjoyed the short stories. They gave interesting though to pieces of the other books. Very vivid characters, and there are some things that the stories talked about that still slightly haunt me when I dare to think about it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Bloom | 1/11/2013

    " This book was much more fucked up than I thought it would be. Two stars may not be enough but after pounding through it all night I can't decide if I want to kill the author or myself. I am almost afraid to read the other two books. But, I shall soldier on! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Lou George | 12/13/2012

    " I didn't like this as much as "The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood". I found the mother far less sympathetic and it soured the whole experience for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carly | 11/3/2012

    " Definetly the darkest Ya-Ya book of them all. I didn't like it as much as the others, but it still is a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittani | 9/26/2012

    " Totally reminded me of how crazy my family is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie Jenison | 4/13/2012

    " I read the Divine Secrets first, and frankly I'm glad. I think I enjoyed this book more because of it. I love Sidda's story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 2/27/2012

    " Good story but poorly structured novel. Rebecca Wells takes those stories, so filled with pain, and makes beauty "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Swankivy | 1/5/2012

    " Not as good as Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood , but worth reading if you liked its characters. It helps your understanding of the characters as people if you read some of these little anecdotes about their lives, even though the anecdotes are all somewhat disconnected. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda | 11/2/2011

    " this is good writing, but do not read it if you are depressed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Book Concierge | 8/10/2011

    " See my review under "Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenifer | 6/1/2011

    " enjoyed this book very much, but not quite as much as "Divine Secrets" "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dawn | 5/23/2011

    " I read this book after reading the Ya Ya book & was just disgusted with the mother's behavior. If I had read this book first and understood the mother, I would not have read Ya Ya. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 5/16/2011

    " This book gives a lot of background to the Ya Ya Sisterhood book. Hard truths. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 5/4/2011

    " Great prequel (written first) to yaYa Sisterhood "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 4/30/2011

    " This book ruined ever watching "Divine Secrets" ever again. Vivi is terrible. I would never be able to watch that movie again without thinking of all the terrible things she did in this book-much worse than the movie portrays. "

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

    " The characters are just so interesting!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 3/30/2011

    " Not as good as YaYa Sisterhood, but still laden with descriptions of deep Southern characters. A sad, but powerful story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 3/30/2011

    " Much darker than Yaya Sisterhood but still good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 3/8/2011

    " I loved all the ya-ya books. they make me laugh mostly and cry a little. her newest one, a/b a totally different character, was amazing as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 3/8/2011

    " While this explains a lot of Vivi's excentricities Iit just didn't have the unity of the first book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 3/3/2011

    " I read this after I read Ya-Ya. Sometimes I wish I hadn't read this because some of the background of the characters is disturbing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeannette | 2/19/2011

    " Ok story but ends up dealing w/ child abuse - never my favorite subject to read about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 2/15/2011

    " This book was a more unexpectedly dark and very "skeletons in the closet" back story for Vivi and her family. Interested to see how The Divine Secrets compares to this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsea | 2/11/2011

    " This was a nice addition to the Ya-Ya Sisterhood story. Sad and happy, very poignant. A quick read as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 2/10/2011

    " Much better than her popular best-seller "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood". This book has great imagery and a compelling story-line that made me never want to put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidiheskett | 1/21/2011

    " This is by far the best of the YA YA books. I read this in 1999 and the plot and characters are still with me today. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Judith Ivey was born in 1951 in El Paso, Texas. She was not quite yet a Tony Award–winner, but already a prolific Broadway and stage actress when she made her film debut appearance as Steve Martin’s love interest in Arthur Hiller’s The Lonely Guy. She then went on to star as Jennifer Jason Leigh’s older sister in the southern gothic thriller Sister, Sister. She came to star (despite her impressive resume) as what would be her better remembered role, Texan B. J. Poteet in the last season of Designing Women. Other notable characters she has played in film include Keanu Reeves’ mother in Devil’s Advocate, one of three intrepid psychics investigating a haunted house in Stephen King’s three-part miniseries Rose Red, and the recurring role of Debra Messing’s mother-in-law Eleanor Markus on Will & Grace.