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The crowning glory of Calla Lily Ponder : a novel
Rebecca Wella
Adult Fiction WELLS

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Wells (Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood) weaves more of the magic that made her a bestseller. At first, Calla Lily Ponder appears to be just like any other young woman growing up in the small town of La Luna, La., where life is simple and Calla Lily is supported by a loving, tightly knit family and a colorful cast of locals. But after a series of hometown heartbreaks, Calla Lily sets out for New Orleans to attend a prestigious beauty academy with dreams of one day opening her own salon. Calla Lily soon learns that while the Big Easy offers a fresh start, adventures and exhilarating new friends, it also presents its own set of tragedies and setbacks. The novel is chock-full of Southern charm and sassy wisdom, and despite its sugary sweetness, it benefits from a hearty dose of Wells's trademark charisma. Calla Lily's story may not be as involved or satisfying as that of the Ya-Yas, but she's sure to be a crowd-pleaser thanks to her humble aspirations, ever hopeful heart and perseverance no matter what fate throws at her. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Wells ( follows up her New York Times best seller Ya-Yas in Bloom (2005) with this story of Calla Lily, who learns about the healing art of hairdressing from her eccentric mother. Tony Award-winning actress/narrator Judith Ivey, who read Wells's four previous novels-all also available from Books on Tape and HarperAudio-does an excellent job with the female characters, but her voice deepens too much when she vocalizes the men, sometimes becoming inaudible. Still, another winning novel from Wells that is sure to be popular among her fans; appreciators of contemporary Southern fiction, coming-of-age tales, and love stories; and those wanting to experience New Orleans in the heady 1960s.-J. Sara Paulk, Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Cty. Lib., Fitzgerald, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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