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The Same Sweet Girls
By Cassandra King
Hyperion, 2005
Hardcover, $23.95 (416 pages)
ISBN: 1-4013-0038-3
 
 
 

Cassadra King's The Same Sweet Girls belongs on the same shelf as Rona Jaffe's Class Reunion, Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale, and many other novels about women's friendships surviving college, marriages, divorces, children, and assorted life and/or career changes. It's a "girlfriend's" book in the best sense of the phrase. 

In The Same Sweet Girls, the four original friends met at the Methodist College for Women in Brierfield, Alabama (nicknamed The W). One of the friends is poor, attending college on a scholarship; two are "hot stuff on campus," and have never had to think about money; and one is from Mobile (and Catholic), she's been sent to a women's college as penance. After the death of one of the original "Same Sweet Girls" (a nickname they've given themselves half-jokingly), the group is adopted by the university's Director of Alumni affairs.  

The four have vacationed together every year since college, alternating between visiting the beach and the mountains. They've shared joys, sorrows, secrets, frustrations, and the occasional flirtation with one another's husband. Neither time nor distance has changed the triangle of love, admiration, and irritation they feel for one another. 

Told in the four alternating voices of Lanier, Julia, Corrine, and Byrd, their stories, past and present, are revealed with humor, heartache, and tenderness. 

Cassandra King, a native of Alabama, belongs to a real-life Same Sweet Girls group, "which reunites every year." The author of two previous novels, Making Waves in Zion and The Sunday Wife, she lives in South Carolina with her husband, Pat Conroy.

 

 

Pam Kingsbury
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