In the spirit of competition, the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood exposes the rivalry mixed in with the love of a mother-daughter relationship, as well as the rivalry of man against self and the choices humans make. Passion in anger, love and pain all represent the complexity of the family bonds between brothers, sisters, wives and husbands and above all, between very close friends.
Whether it is the failure of Vivi to be a steadfast mother or the failure of Siddalee to understand just how much her mother gave, the fight between Siddalee and her mother releases stories from the past the Ya-Ya’s have struggled to repress, get over and move on from over the years all captured in that one sacred scrapbook. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood reveals the battles of man versus self and man versus fellow man and especially of mother versus daughter.
In February and March, Indiana Humanities is exploring the topic of “rivalry,” as part of its Spirit of Competition theme. This book review was contributed by the students of Ms. Liz Browning at Cathedral High School, Indianapolis.
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