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I think a childhood in America in the 1960 s is going to have a lot in common whether you grew up in the suburbs of S Calif like I did, or in a farming family in a small town in Louisiana like the character Siddalee and her siblings From being called Sara Bernhardt when you pouted and stomped your foot and whined, to watching Roadrunner on TV, to eating Ritz crackers, bologna sandwiches, Fritos, grilled cheese sandwiches, coca cola, and snickers bars, calling things even steven , being told to push back your cuticles and wearing cold cream at night And a lot of the tougher stuff too, like most adults smoking cigarettes and drinking, getting belted for a punishment, parents screaming at each other But this book goes beyond that It starts out eccentric and charming in its way, the drinking doesn t seem beyond what I used to see, as I said drinking and smoking was accepted in the 1960 s as regular behavior, and belting your kids was acceptable as well This book strays into territory beyond that, it gets kind of monstrous and very sad really The author is a gifted writer and succeeds at connecting her reader to each character in her story, and to Louisiana itself Without being overly descriptive each character tells you about what is going on with them at the time and it makes a very complete picture, especially when the children are young When the children are grown I had a harder time relating to them although I retained my connection to the main four adults Vivi, Big Shep, Letta and Chaney I felt especially connected to Big Shep in the section where he finds an old black man in his fields looking for his mules I could understand his tears and his feelings very well and I mourned the changes and the loss of the farmland in Louisiana, I cried along with Big Shep Despite Vivi s behavior I found myself often liking her and I liked the way the book wrapped up with Siddalee s declaration to her mother, the one she repeats twice, that felt right Still a sad book in many ways, not the light hearted read that I expected It is muchcomplex and sophisticated than it would seem to be, a social commentary, not just a story of one family. Not as good as Ya Ya , but yikes Vivi is a child molester Yuck I actually couldn t believe reading that chapter it s as if Rebecca Wells got tired of creating this amazing whirlwind of a character and decided that she had to have a truly evil center For me, it s like Wells burned down the barn [E-pub] ⚉ Little Altars Everywhere ♶ Little Altars Everywhere Is A National Best Seller, A Companion To Rebecca Wells Celebrated Novel Divine Secrets Of The Ya Ya Sisterhood Originally Published In , Little Altars Introduces Sidda, Vivi, The Rest Of The Spirited Walker Clan, And The Indomitable Ya YasTold In Alternating Voices Of Vivi And Her Husband, Big Shep, Along With Sidda, Her Siblings Little Shep, Lulu, Baylor, And Cheney And Willetta The Black Couple Who Impact The Walkers Lives In Ways They Never Fully Comprehend Little Altars Embraces Nearly Thirty Years Of Life On The Plantation In Thorton, Louisiana, Where The Cloying Air Of The Bayou And A Web Of Family Secrets At Once Shelter, Trap And Define An Utterly Original Community Of SoulsWho Can Resist Such Cadences Of Sidda Walker And Her Flamboyant, Secretive Mother, ViVi Here The Young Sidda A Precocious Reader And An Eloquent Observer Of The Fault Lines That Divide Her Family Leads Us On A Mischievous Adventures At Our Lady Of Divine Compassion Parochial School And Beyond A Catholic Girl Of Pristine Manners, Devotion, And Provocative Ideas, Sidda Is The Very Essence Of Childhood Joy And SorrowIn A Series Of Luminous Reminiscences, We Also Hear Little Shep S Stories Of His Eccentric Grandmother, Lulu S Matter Of Fact Account Of Her Shoplifting Skills, And Baylor S Memories Of Vivi And Her Friends, The Ya YasBeneath The Humor And Tight Knit Bonds Of Family And Friendship Lie The Undercurrents Of Alcoholism, Abuse, And Violence The Overlapping Recollections Of How The Walkers Charming Life Uncoils To Convey Their Heart Breaking Confusion Are Oat Once Unsettling And Familiar Wells Creates An Unforgettable Portrait Of The Eccentric Cast Of Characters And Exposes Their Poignant And Funny Attempts To Keep Reality At Arm S Length Through Our Laughter We Feel Their Inevitable Pain, With A Glimmer Of Hope For Forgiveness And HealingAn Arresting Combination Of Colloquialism, Poetry, And Grace, Little Altars Everywhere Is An Insightful, Piercing And Unflinching Evocation Of Childhood, A Loving Tribute To The Transformative Power Of Faith, And A Thoroughly Fresh Chronicle Of A Family That Is As Haunted As It Is Blessed Another book I bought on my recent trip, this time from the library sale shelves I had never read the author s other book, and I had never seen the movie made from it, but somehow this book intrigued me when I saw it Little Altars Everywhere was the author s first book Originally published in 1992, this edition came out in 1996, after her Divine Secrets So this technically is not 2 as GR lists it And I don t think it should be called a prequel, either, since those usually seem to be written after some big hit, to explainof the background But this was written before the big hit and got reprinted by a larger publisher to capitalize on that big hit I tried to like Siddalee, but I just couldn t I kept comparing her to another fictional character from a wonderful book by Fannie Flagg, Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man I knew the situations were different, the stories wee different, but I guess I simply expected a Daisy Fay and not a Siddalee I was bored right away, and that is never a good sign.The quitting point came early, in the third of these stories the book isa loose collection of stories rather than a novel This one is called Wandering Eye and is told by Siddalee s brother Shep, who talks about his relationship with his father, who hit him upside the head all the time I had to quit when I reached the day Shep left a tractor out of the shed and his father proceeded to knock Shep s teeth loose, bust him in the eye, and most likely broke a rib as well The boy s mom was on the porch and just watched it happen, getting up at one point to say enough , but then retreating under threats of the same thing happening to her I don t need to read this type of thing right now I understand it happens, I understand that pain is essential to the story, etc etc But no, this chapter turned my stomach and I refuse to read another word.DNF at page 28. Awful, awful book I loved Divine Secrets years ago and recently reread it to find it was better than I remembered So I read Little Altars for the first time and it ruined this storyline for me Namely, Vivi Dahlin, the mother you love to hate I had some empathy for her in Divine Secrets, but in Little Altars, you discover she s a monster of a child abuser I liked her better when I thought she really only had one bad episode with her children And honestly, it was unbelievable for the Vivi character for the author to take it this far Why do modern day authors think they need to put in some seriously sick sh t for someone to read their books It was totally unnecessary. After 100 pages I had to give up on this Maybe I have a beef with stories about dysfunctional Southern families No, that s not true I love Flannery O Connor And anyone who perused my book list knows I do not shy away from the darker aspects of lifeor from very dark comedies, which I think this is trying to be Yet Wells seems to think there is something warm and funny about abuse and molestation The scatter shot styling of writing and alternating viewpoints dd not help at all to bring any organization or meaning to this tale I know a number of people who loved Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood but I doubt this prequel is adds anything Perhaps I should try the other book but I m afraid Little Altars Everywhere has scared me off of Rebecca Wells novels for good. I think one of the reasons I like this book is because it provides a sense of realism compared to the fluff in the YaYa book For all those women that believe they are only capable of mentally digesting useless chick lit, and they blindly read books by their favorite chick lit authors I m sure they hated this book with a passion Our world is not a Disney cartoon, and there are plenty of people that have addictions, and that consciously emotionally physically sexually exploit and abuse others These characters, although very scarey at times, are really believable Oh yeah, her writing ability is quite amazing too For the most part I enjoyed this book There were parts of Viviane s past that were extremely disturbing and actually not needed it just took her from a drunk narcissist to an actual monster in the YaYa book Vivi was one of my favorite characters but this book has forever tainted my opinion of her I know that s silly because it s fiction I wish the author had just not put that in I don t see how it added to anything at all I did enjoy how each section was told by a different character at a different point in their lives and with their own perspectives I especially enjoyed the sections told by Big Shep. Consider this a review of all three of the Ya ya books because what I have to say about this one can t be said without referencing without spoilers, of course the other two These books are going to be love hate for everybody who touches them So let s get the good out of the way some people say this series sucks because it s another quirky my dysfunctional family series and really, that s misleading The movie made it into that, sure, but these books are a lot deeper than that Wells writes characters as people In one story, the characters are delightfully gray I mean in one story, all of the characters will be right and wrong simultaneously, caring and aloof, vindicated and unquestionably unforgivable By writing characters this way, you really get a fuller narrative These characters could easily be people you know, maybe even people you ve met before And the range of characters and narrations is a delight Also, I love how well connected all the books are You learn one detail from a story and it pops up in other stories, from the point of view of others or as a reference or an example You see these characters from 1st person, 2nd person, and 3rd person, with different people taking on different roles and evolving for many of them from childhood to adulthood My favorite example of this is Mr Ogden who is an often mentioned character the least fun of the husbands He starts as a reference, even sometimes as a stereotypical stuck up older white man, but by book three, we see him as a fearful grandfather, a protective father, and a vulnerable man all in one story It s a great evolution and it s nice to see characters written this way in short story format The major problem that readers will face is a difficult one All people triggered by child abuse or alcoholism, stay away Do not even bother with this And that is part of the problem In Little Altars Everywhere, we find out that Vivian abuses her children above and beyond hey, it s the 1960s and everybody hits children as a form of discipline If you ve seen the movie, it is much worse in the book and, in one story, we find out as an audience that Vivian sexually abused one of her children, the extent of which is vague This issue is never brought up again Ever It s in one story from one of her children s point of view and while the story is well written and deals with the honest truth of coming from an abusive home and being unsure of one s body and one s boundaries with others, that s it One well written story and done It s never mentioned again in any of the other books So you, as a reader, see so much about how Vivian has suffered and how she gets into crazy escapades with her girlfriendsall while knowing that she s a child molester and a child beater And the main book the one the movie is based on takes a sinister feel to it when you realize that the Ya Yas are trying to fix a relationship between a woman and her mother who abused her Do they excuse her behavior Yes and no at the same time and it s uncomfortable But through this exploration of Vivian, we see the cycle of abuse and how it continues from one generation to the next So many people gush about Vivi as if she is the most awesome thing ever and I think the movie is slightly to blame for that because when you hear her mother s back story and see what happens with her children, it s really hard to sit through her stories It s hard to empathize with her and it does color many of the stories from her point of view Does she have a tragic back story that causes everything Yes and it is heartbreaking to watch how she is nearly broken over and over again But does it take away from her unapologetic attitude about the abuse Why does Siddalee need to have her relationship mended with her mother Why don t her siblings have a similar experience It puts a sour taste in your mouth and that might be too much for some readers Also, I m really not sure how to feel about this but there are at least two I might be remembering wrong stories from the point of view of the Walkers black maid and handyman Their stories, while ahonest portrayal of black people than you usually get from Southern literature, are still hard to deal with without getting headaches at the stereotypes that Wells doesn t break I think they re worth reading but bear that in mind, POCs It s not THE HELP but it s not BELOVED either, okay I personally like these books because of the development of character and setting, not for the happy fun joy ride with kooky characters that some proclaim that it is I like it because it s realistic and every happy ending has a black lining through it If you re curious, check it out but I really cannot stress enough that you go into this series knowing what you re in for. I almost want to say there is something Proustian about this novel except while I don t fear intellectual eye rolling over my calling a popular novel written by and about southern women Proustian, I do fear eye rolling over not quite correct use of the word What I mean, then, is reading this novel was a gorgeously vivid sensory experience When the Walker kids went to swim in the pond, I saw and felt and smelled it like I was in that same summertime water I felt the cool concrete floors of the grocery store beneath my 10 year old feet I experienced the vertiginous but exhilarating displacement of wandering through the house of a dimly known adult my parents were visiting looking for food, places to play, and random objects to pick up and examine all the while wondering, Am I allowed to be in this room All of this sensory overload sits on the surface of this loose collection of stories about the Walker clan of Thornton, Louisiana a prequel of sorts to Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood however they can be read in any order However, as you read you begin to see the darkness below the surface troubling the waters Siddha is oddly obsessed with religion and suffering Lulu pulls out her hair and eats it Baylor has trouble chewing and swallowing his food Their mother, Vivi, sure drinks a lot and by the first time someone mentions her hands shaking in the morning, you know As the story flashes forward midway through from the 60 s to the 90 s and expands to include the Walker s hired help, the picture grows clearer and darker And yet even as unlikable as some characters in the book are, you still feel empathy for them even when you can t forgive their behavior As a case in point, the final story narrated by Vivi, Looking for My Mules , made me connect and feel sorry for her even when I should have been saying, Bitch you brought this on yourself There s a lot of deceptive depth to this kind of writing And the story is really about muchthan just one family s troubles small town politics, the death of the rural way of life, war, the burden of secrets The final chapter belongs to Siddha and is a great way to wrap up the story although I wanted to keep going too bad the reviews of YaYa s in Bloom are all so negative Don t hit the baby Fine advice, indeed.