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The Same Sweet Girlsby Cassandra King
Synopses & Reviews
Join a circle of friends that will never be broken — Cassandra King's celebrated national bestseller, The Same Sweet Girls, is now in paperback None of the Same Sweet Girls are really girls anymore, and none of them have actually ever been that sweet. But the story of this spirited group of six southern women, who have been holding biannual reunions ever since they were together in college, is nothing short of compelling. On an island every summer and in the mountains every fall, the Same Sweet Girls come together to share their stories. When one of the group faces the most difficult challenge of her life, the novel builds to an almost unbearably powerful conclusion, one of the most memorable in current fiction. Without a touch of sentimentality, Cassandra King writes of the way close friends can help each other through even the most cataclysmic life events. Both heartbreaking and hilarious, The Same Sweet Girls will touch, move, and inspire readers to cherish their own lifelong friendships. Perfect for reading groups, The Same Sweet Girls is a story of friendship that readers will want to share with their special girlfriends.
"For 30 years, six Southern college friends — the Same Sweet Girls — have been gathering for a biannual reunion. As King's wry, touching novel begins, the girls are nearing 50 and coming to terms with the life decisions they've made. Corrine Cooper gains renown as a folk artist, but battles clinical depression with the help of a manipulative psychiatrist who later becomes her husband; Lanier Brewer is separated after a brief, ill-advised fling; exotic Astor Deveaux, a former Broadway dancer, flirts wildly with men but remains with her husband, a famous painter 33 years her senior; Julia Dupont is trapped in a passionless marriage and an overscheduled life as Alabama's first lady; Byrd and Rosanelle round out the group. When one of the SSGs becomes terminally ill, the remaining friends are spurred to resolve their own problems before she dies. Corinne, Julia and Lanier rotate as first-person narrators, but King (The Sunday Wife) does little to distinguish their voices, and the parade of characters and stories can be hard to follow at first. Once the names fall into place, however, the story's gentle Southern humor and warmth shine. It isn't all iced tea and tomato pie — King tackles some troubling issues — but the characters are true to life, and readers will sympathize with their struggles. Agent, Marly Rusoff. (Jan. 19) Forecast: The novel's backstory — King herself belongs to a Same Sweet Girls group, which reunites every year — should make King (who is married to Pat Conroy) an appealing interview subject. Author tour. " Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The Same Sweet Girls is tender, funny, heartbreaking, and astoundingly unsentimental...I really, truly love this book." Anne Rivers Siddons
"I really enjoyed King's previous book, The Sunday Wife. In The Same Sweet Girls I feel she takes her writing to a new level. And now I really look forward to seeing her next book." Bookreporter.com
"The Same Sweet Girls is still a worthy endeavor for audiences whose interests are piqued by what King offers: a sincere examination into the nature of long-lasting friendship." Denver Post
"The Same Sweet Girls is better than most mainstream women's fiction because it blends well-crafted tension with the usual themes of sappy sisterhood." Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram
"Avoiding the maudlin, King brings her sympathetic characters to vivid life and explores the bonds of friendship. This winning tale should make her a household name." Booklist
"Just try and resist the allure of The Same Sweet Girls...these women will capture you with the powerful, indelible bond that lies between them." Sue Monk Kidd
The new novel by the celebrated author of The Sunday Wife chronicles the lives of a tight-knit group of lifelong friends.
The new novel by the celebrated author of The Sunday Wife chronicles the lives of a tight-knit group of lifelong friends. None of the Same Sweet Girls are really girls anymore, and none of them have actually ever been that sweet. But this spirited group of Southern women, who have been holding biannual reunions ever since they were together in college, are nothing short of compelling. There's Julia Stovall, the First Lady of Alabama, who, despite her public veneer, is a down-to-earth gal who only wants to know who her husband is sneaking out with late at night. There's Lanier Sanders, whose husband won custody of their children after he found out about her fling with a colleague. Then there's Astor Deveaux, a former Broadway showgirl who simply can't keep her flirtations in check. And Corinne Cooper, whose incredible story comes to light as the novel unfolds.
About the Author
Cassandra King is a native of Alabama, where she formerly taught English and creative writing classes. She has published stories and essays in various quarterlies and anthologies, and her second novel, The Sunday Wife, was published to terrific reviews and acclaim. Cassandra currently resides in South Carolina with her husband, Pat Conroy, and she belongs to a real-life Same Sweet Girls group, which reunites every year.
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