Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A Novel - Rebecca Wells Hmm, from reading the reviews, it seems most people loathe this book. Maybe that's just a function of its extreme popularity. Personally I didn't think the story was meant to absolve Vivi for being an abusive mother. Understanding why someone became abusive is not the same as forgiving them. I'll have to read it again, though, and see what I think.