Loved: The Ya-Yas stole my heart! They’re such a funny, crazy bunch of women, and I loved the “now and then” style of this book. It was a great snapshot of life, and draws the reader into the world of bayous, drama and Gone with the Wind!
Learned: This was one of the first well-done examples of non-chronological storytelling I've read. Wells uses a good approach for her flashbacks and framing style. It’s not something I’d want to use right now in my own stuff, but I admire her ability to weave two different time periods together into one plot. One of my crit group friends is telling a mother-daughter story, and uses a similar approach that works very well.