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Fiction review: The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder
Date of Review: 
Aug.23.2009
Reviewer: 
CLARKE CRUTCHFIELD
Source: 
http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/entertainment/books_literature/article/BWELLS23_20090819-172603/28

Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder," is tugged by the moon. In fact, the moon is more or less a character in the book, shining upon its namesake town of La Luna and particularly on its heroine, Calla Lily Ponder.

As Calla Lily navigates her way to adulthood, she is bathed in its glow and always tugged toward home as if by an irresistible tide. The moon, which even speaks in the first person to introduce each of the novel's sections, is a source of comfort, a beacon to steer by amid life's uncertainties.

With that kind of celestial support, how can you lose? Wells, author of the best-selling "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," delights in small-town life and particularly that of southern Louisiana, with its spicy mix of sights, smells and tastes.