Little Altars Everywhere is an insightful, piercing, and unflinching evocation of childhood, a loving tribute to the transforming power of faith, and a thoroughly fresh chronicle of a family that is as haunted as it is blessed.
©1992 Rebecca Wells; (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers
"Rebecca Wells has written a funny, eloquent and sad novel that easily leaps regional bounds." (Washington Post)
"A hilarious and heartbreaking first novel." (Booklist)
I just finished listening to Little Alters... and had that sinking feeling in my heart having to part with it's characters, it's stories, the narrator, the author. This very profound and touching storyline is presented in a dynamic yet very subtle way. The narrator's rendition is heavenly and perfectly complements the theme. I have also loved Lily Ponder and will definitely download other titles from the Wells/Ivey team! You should too!
I had previously read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I figured I'd enjoy listening to it as well. But this narrator was way off. Somehow she makes the Louisiana accent sound hickish for every character. And she butchers the time to Ooh My Soul right off the bat....she shoulda googled it or something. Very distracting.
This novel is as delicious as the gumbo and fried shrimp prepared in this novel. The character become like family, recognizing the landmarks, rivers, and bayous. Spring creek's water and all its surrounding are exceptionally described by Ms. Rebecca Wells. Being from Central Louisiana myself made this story is exceptional precious to me. Thank you Ms. Rebecca Wells for creating such descriptive words, you are an inspiration.
I read this book several years ago and enjoyed it immensely. Listening to Judith Ivey read it and doing all the characters help the book to come to life.
Don't know that I would compare it to any other book, except Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood and, maybe, Ya Ya's in Bloom.
Judity Ivey has always been a favorite actress of mine. She gets it just right with the accents and just makes the book come alive.
It was already made into a movie (Part of "The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood).
I am a fan of Rebecca Wells. She knows her Southern women and she is not afraid to pull punches. This book is one that will make you laugh; make you cry. And maybe, examine your relationships with your mother and your own friends.
I too felt sad to leave the characters in this gripping, captivating novel..Ms. Wells has a most precious gift. I would listen to 1000 books if she wrote them. The narrator did a tremendous job in capturing the essence of each character, and bringing each one to life. I also enjoyed Cali Lilly Ponder. I shared that one with my mother two years ago. We still make reference to it. I also plan to share this one with her. She probably feels like she has already read it, because I have told her so much about it already.
Ms Wells, I am waiting on the next one. As far as I am concerned, you are up there with Elton John, Prince, and Mya Angelou in my book (brilliant artist that have no equal)!!!
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