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Little Altars Everywhere av Rebecca Wells
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Little Altars Everywhere (urspr publ 1996; utgåvan 1998)

av Rebecca Wells (Författare)

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This novel embraces nearly thirty years of life on the Walker 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.
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Titel:Little Altars Everywhere
Författare:Rebecca Wells (Författare)
Info:Harper (1998), Edition: 1st Cliff Street Books Hardcover Ed, 240 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Little Altars Everywhere is a classic narrative of a simple country life set in Thornton, Louisiana with alternating narration from the characters. The novel is also divided into two parts wherein time becomes a very important aspect that Rebecca Wells focuses mainly on.

I have to say this first and foremost, Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood, (DSOTYS) the novel after Little Altars Everywhere, is my favorite novel of all-time. I don’t really know how to explain it, but that novel just got me every time I read it. I read it when I was a senior in high school and reread it for like three times after that. DSOTYS is a gem, I can attest that to everyone. So when I finally get my copy of this novel, I was beyond excited because I know in my heart of hearts that I will feel yet again the great effect brought to me by the DSOTYS before. I’m very glad that Rebecca Wells and Little Altars Everywhere did not fail me. Enough of Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood now, let me focus on this piece of gem more on in this review.

Since Little Altars Everywhere is Rebecca Wells’ debut novel, I’m glad that I read DSOTYS first (her second) because it helps me to become more familiar with the characters (in fact I fall in love with them already, remember DSOTYS is my favorite novel!). I truly commend and appreciate Wells’ way of creating her characters because it is very authentic. Leaving all the biases behind, all of the characters are one for the books. If only I can meet every single one of them in person, I would trade anything for it. They make me feel like we are just countries apart from each other. Also, the plot is no ordinary one, just like its characters. This makes me love the story even more because it is different but at the same time no different. (I hope you are getting into my point here! ;)) I love the aspect of Little Altars Everywhere wherein the narration varies every entry. That way every character is given the chance to show off their emotions and at the same time gives the readers the opportunity to see their perspectives. Unlike in DSOTYS, I kind of favor LAE’s POV because it gives me more insight of every character’s decision throughout the story. Every entry in this novel is exceptional since it is hard to foretell what’s going to happen at the end of it. I never guess a single entry’s ending right. With that being said, comes my realization that Rebecca Wells is a master creator herself.

This novel is undeniably full of emotions- one time I am laughing with the narrative, and then without further notice I am crying and contemplating about the scene. That is how great the story is. It really appeals to the readers’ emotions. This has been an amazing start of the year of reading for me. My whole reading process of this novel has been fresh, smooth, and very wonderful that I could not ask for more. I only hope that more readers got to read this fantastic story because it is really worth a read. Ciao! ( )
  primadonnareads | Jan 5, 2018 |
Ok. Not as good as the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. ( )
  Icewineanne | Aug 4, 2016 |
I've just finished Little Altars Everywhere and it wasn't at all the book I thought it was. I picked it up thinking it was a pink and fluffy book - probably because my impressions of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood are of a light film with Sandra Bullock dancing around a room. Knowing this was a prequel to "Divine Secrets I assumed, when I picked it up it was a light-hearted read as well.

It's not at all an easy read. This book is essentially about the lives of a family - mum and dad, Vivianne and "Big Shep" Walker", and their four children, Siddalee, Little Shep, Lulu and Baylor - living in the deep south in the USA. The parents are both alcoholics and mistreat the children in a terrible manner. The parents' misbehaviour has a huge impact on all four children, driving them to obsessive behaviour to cope with their treatment.

The first half of the book is quite light-hearted and the reader is lulled into thinking the behaviour of the parents is explainable. However the second half of the book is much darker and more disturbing, and much more upsetting. It touches on sexual abuse, alcoholism, obsessive compulsive disorder, religious obsession and more.

The book is written from all six Walker family members' perspectives, plus those of their "hired help", Chaney and Willetta, who live a short distance away. Wells as an author is very skilled at lending very distinct voices to each of the different narrators which really helps this book flow. ( )
  AlexisLovesBooks | Apr 6, 2016 |
I started this book knowing that it was the first one in the series of the Ya-Ya's. I had read the Devine Secrets a couple of years ago and wanted to start from the beginning, something I'm doing with all of the series' that I have started somewhere in the middle. I loved the Devine Secrets, more than the movie but still just as good.

This book goes into not just the life of Siddalee Walker but rather the lives of all of the family member, Vivi, Shep, Little Shep, Lulu, and Baylor as well as the Letta and Chaney, the two people in their lives that were there for them when their parents weren't. If anyone has read the Devine Secrets, they know what kind of life the children were put through. However, I liked seeing it from the point of view of Shep and Vivi too. See how they reacted to the things that happened as well as how it affected their relationship as well.

Overall, I'm glad that I read this one second, and not first originally. I think that it gives a great back story to the characters as well as sets up the scene and makes things enjoyable for reading. I thought it was a well written piece and actually want to re-read Devine Secrets as well as read Ya-Ya's in Bloom. ( )
  welkeral | Mar 20, 2016 |
See my review of [Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood] as I read these two books back-to-back ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 8, 2016 |
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