Top positive review
better than expected!
on October 29, 2002
This book is not the sort of thing I normally read, but many people said the movie was more enjoyable for those who had read the book. I normally steer away from mass-market paperbacks, particularly if they've been converted to movies. I saw so many people reading this in public that I picked up my own copy at the supermarket.
The story picks up quickly, and I have always been a lover of a) stories about women b) stories about The South and c) mother/daughter stories. This book covers all three, a mother-adult daughter relationship framing vignettes of the lives of four women - the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. That the book reads so easily is not a flaw. When a well-formed novel is written so clearly that anyone can understand it, it deserves to be a mass-market success.
The author excels in the telling of the details, as well as characterization. Each character has her own voice, and by the end, you know each woman so well you could pick her out of a lineup.
Indeed, sisterhood was present in this book. Each woman, distinctively portrayed, contributes to a warm friendship that is the envy of this Yankee. The Divine Secrets of these womenâ€™s lives reveal a rebellion against society, as well as a submission to, that makes for a fascinating read.
A certain level of suspense keeps this from being a book of distinct stories, as you want to learn what events caused Vivi and her daughter Sidda to be estranged. The author slowly adds to the reader's knowledge, slipping in bits and pieces. At the end, you have heard both sides of the story in full. The book finishes with a valuable lesson about letting go of past hurts.