Rebecca Wells has been writing all night, every night. A devotee of the moon goddess, the Louisiana-bred author who lives in Seattle, Wash., thrives on darkness, which is when she gets her inspiration. So it’s really no coincidence that her latest novel, The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder, is set under a Louisiana moon.

The bestselling author of The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood and Little Altars Everywhere spins a tale of Calla Lily Ponder, a girl growing up in the small town of La Luna, La. With a dancing teacher for a father and a hair dresser for a mother, Calla Lily knows what it means to be the town bohemian before she strikes out for New Orleans and a life that she thinks will fit her aspirations.

Well’s larger-than-life characters are custom made for summer reading. The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder goes on sale tomorrow at area bookstores.

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