Sunday, May 02, 2010

Rebecca Wells' The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder

Rebecca Wells has brought readers another wonderfully complex southern woman, Calla Lily Ponder. The paperback release of The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Pondercomes just in time for summer, when we are all looking for something funny, yet not foolish, to read. Calla Lily has an idyllic childhood growing up in La Luna, Lousisiana in the 1960s. Swimming in the river, roller skating at Nelle's Grocery "N Rollerama, running around the countryside with her two older brothers, and helping her mother at The Crowning Glory Salon, Calla Lily is known throughout her small town for her irrepressible good humor and sense of fun. But Louisiana in the 1960s is not all sunshine and Popsicles, and issues of segregation and Civil Rights touch Calla Lily's life through long-time family friends. Although Calla Lily's life is blissful, she is made aware of the cruelty in the lives of others through Olivia, a faithful family housekeeper, and her son Cleveland, a boy Calla Lily's age arrested and nearly beaten to death for daring to skate at the Rollerama. When her neighbors' grandson Tucker comes to live with them, Calla Lily is exposed to the meanness and despair of alcoholism and it's effects on a family. In her teens, tragedy strike's Calla Lily's life directly, and she begins life anew in New Orleans, finding a job and building a little family of new friends mixed with old. But La Luna still calls Calla Lily home again and again, until all the stars and moon align to bring Calla Lily, her true love, and La Luna together at the same time.
Like Rebecca Wells' famous Ya-Ya Sisters books, The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponderis filled with wonderfully complex southern characters, tragedy and joy. I am so glad to have been asked to review this novel for a TLC Book Tour. The other participants on the tour can all be found on the TLC Rebecca Wells page.
Here's something fun for those of you in real-life book clubs. Book Club Girl is offering a prize to the first 25 book clubs that commit to reading The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder between May and October. Information is available on the Book Club Girl website, as well as excerpts from the book and a Reading Group Guide.
Also, this Wednesday, 5/5 at 7:00 PM Rebecca will be on Blog Talk Radio. If you have never tuned in to a program at Blog Talk Radio, be sure to set up your account before that time so you can participate for the whole discussion with IM and call-in.

Official FTC Disclosure: Other than a copy of The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder from Harper Publishing, I received no compensation for this review.


1 comment:

trish said...

I'm so glad you liked the book! I think it sounds fantastic with its Southern characters and Calla Lily coming home and finding true love. Perfect book for the summer! Thanks for being on this tour!