I am so excited to announce that on Wednesday, May 5th, my guest on Book Club Girl on Air will be the author of the New York Times best sellers Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Little Altars Everywhere, Ya-Yas in Bloom and most recently, The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder -- Rebecca Wells! I'm just thrilled that Rebecca will be able to join me, to discuss not only the about-to-be-released paperback edition of The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder, but also the entire Ya Ya series, which sparked a movement across the country and brought women together in friendship and support to discuss books, life and so much more.
The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder is the sweet, sexy, funny journey of Calla Lily's life set in Wells's expanding fictional Louisiana landscape. In the small river town of La Luna, Calla bursts into being, a force of nature as luminous as the flower she is named for. Under the loving light of the Moon Lady, the feminine force that will guide and protect her throughout her life, Calla enjoys a blissful childhood—until it is cut short. Her mother, M'Dear, a woman of rapture and love, teaches Calla compassion, and passes on to her the art of healing through the humble womanly art of "fixing hair." At her mother's side, Calla further learns that this same touch of hands on the human body can quiet her own soul. It is also on the banks of the La Luna River that Calla encounters sweet, succulent first love, with a boy named Tuck.
But when Tuck leaves Calla with a broken heart, she transforms hurt into inspiration and heads for the wild and colorful city of New Orleans to study at L'Académie de Beauté de Crescent. In that extravagant big river city, she finds her destiny—and comes to understand fully the power of her "healing hands" to change lives and soothe pain, including her own. When Tuck reappears years later, he presents her with an offer that is colored by the memories of lost love. But who knows how Calla Lily, a "daughter of the Moon Lady," will respond? A tale of family and friendship, tragedy and triumph, loss and love, The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder features the warmth, humor, soul, and wonder that have made Wells one of today's most cherished writers, and gives us an unforgettable new heroine to treasure.
Browse inside The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder, check out the reading group guide, and if you're in the Seattle area, look for Rebecca's appearance at Eagle Harbor Books on April 15th.
The first 10 people who comment that they'd like to participate in the show on Wednesday May 5th at 7 pm ET will receive a copy of the paperback to read in preparation for the show. Set your reminder for the show here.
Look for more Rebecca Wells posts in the coming week, including a challenge and a contest for book clubs to win King Cake to their meeting!