Absorbing book about a southern woman who was mistreated by her mother, Vivi, as a child. With help from her mother’s friends, she comes to understand the reasons for Vivi’s behavior. This is an interesting story with great depictions of southern life. Siddalee Walker, a play director, has never had a smooth relationship with her mother, but when a newspaper article comes out in which she makes less than flattering remarks about Vivi, their relationship takes a turn for the worse. Vivi’s friends, Teensy, Necie and Caro, members of a society they created when they were girls — the Ya-Ya Sisterhood — step in to help Siddalee understand the dark secrets from Vivi’s past that fueled her less than stellar performance as a mother.