Title: The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder
Author: Rebecca Wells
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Publication Date: April 13, 2010
Paperback: 416 pages
In the small river town of La Luna, Louisiana, Calla Lily Ponder 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 tragically cut short. From her mother, Calla learns compassion and healing through the humble womanly art of “fixing hair.” On the banks of the La Luna River, she discovers a sweet, succulent first love that is as enticing as the music, food, and dancing of her Louisiana home. When heartbreak hits, Calla leaves the familiarity of her hometown and heads downriver to the untamed city of New Orleans, where her destiny further unfolds.
The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder is the story of a pink-collar heroine whose willingness to remain vulnerable in the face of adversity opens our hearts to the possibility of love growing from sorrow.
The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Wells is a beautiful tale of love and its many forms. The novel, narrated by Calla Lily Ponder, begins in La Luna, Louisiana and the reader learns about various adventures and life-changing events that transpire through Calla Lily’s childhood and adolescence. After high school she moves to New Orleans and another chapter of her life begins. Calla Lily takes the reader through over two decades of her life, during the most profound moments and those that take her breath away, and always with the two constants, La Luna and M’Dear. Wells weaves together an almost lyrical tale of a young girl named after a flower, brought up by open and loving parents, who chose to follow her own path. “The Rules of Life According to M’Dear” were not only my favourite part of the novel, but also profoundly brilliant in the sheer simplicity of them. With the exception of M’Dear and Calla Lily, I did not truly feel as though I knew the characters. While referred to often, there was a certain lack of depth to the characters, as though the events themselves were the focal point and considering the powerful messages carried throughout The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder, I do believe the events are indeed the focal point. Each section Calla Lily shares with the reader holds a life lesson, culminating into a series of lessons one must learn and never forget, much like M’Dear’s “Rules of Life”. I would not hesitate to recommend this novel, especially to discussion groups.
Writer, actor, and playwright Rebecca Wells is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Ya-Yas in Bloom, Little Altars Everywhere, and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, which was made into a feature film. A native of Louisiana, she now lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest. You can read more about her and her books at her website. Become a fan of Rebecca Wells on Facebook and keep up with news, events, and more! Follow Rebecca Wells on Twitter.
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