When mother and daughter Vivi andSiddalee Walker get into a savagefight over a New York Times articlethat refers to Vivi as a tap-dancing childabuser, the fallout is felt from Louisiana to NewYork to Seattle. A successful theater director, Siddalee panics and postpones her upcomingwedding so Vivi's intrepid gang of lifelonggirlfriends, the Ya-Yas, sashay in and conspire tobring everyone back together.
In 1932, Vivi and the Ya-Yas were disqualifiedfrom a Shirley Temple Look-Alike Contestfor unladylike behavior. Sixty years later, they restill making waves. They persuade Vivi to sendSidda a scrapbook of girlhood mementos titled Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood analbum that will reveal more questions than answersas it leads Sidda to encounter the legacyof imperfect love and the unknowable mysteryof life.