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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743278348
  • ASIN: B001JJBP14
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,463,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

After five nonfiction bestsellers, Browne leaps into fiction (with assistance by Bottom Dollar Girls creator Karin Gillespie) and delivers a GEN-U-WINE page-turner of a novel. Fans won't be surprised that Browne's combination of bawdy humor and self-empowerment affirmations easily translates in novel form. An unexpected delight is how deftly Browne creates fully dimensional supporting characters surrounding her first-person narrator, Jill Connor. (In her nonfiction adventures, all the other queens are named Tammy and intentionally blend together.) Beginning in 1968 with five high school misfits thrown together, Browne traces the core members of the Sweet Potato Queens through two decades of weddings, funerals and disastrous relationships. While readers learn the origins of "The Promise" and the motto "Never wear panties to a party," Browne also invents some new lingo (tyrants at work are "bossholes" and men adept in bed "know about the little man in the boat"). Fans of the Queen's artery-choking recipes are in luck; after the final chapter, Browne offers menu items from Rest in Peace, a restaurant the Queens would love to open that would only serve food found at Southern funerals. Browne's hilarious and heartwarming debut sets sturdy groundwork for future fictional follies. (Jan.)
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From Booklist

Browne's Sweet Potato Queen advice books on love, divorce, and cooking have found a wide audience in readers who appreciate the Queens' sassy southern charm. With coauthor Gillespie, Browne turns to fiction for the first time to share lives and loves of the Queens. Jill, Mary Bennett, Patsy, and Gerald are united by their outsider status in high school. When Tammy, a beautiful but insecure redhead, moves into town and is humiliated by the in-crowd, Jill and company form the Tammy Club to bolster her spirits. The five enter the homecoming parade in wild dresses and red wigs, but a misprint on their sign (it reads Yammy instead of Tammy) leads to the five rechristening themselves the Sweet Potato Queens. The groups' friendships last for decades, despite distance and differences of opinion. Mary Bennett pursues fame on the coasts, Gerald comes to terms with his sexuality, and Tammy marries. But not everything is rosy. Mary Bennett finds success as a soap actress at the expense of the love of her life, Jill finds a man who proves too good to be true, and Tammy's insecurities lead to infidelities. Spirited and brazen, the Queens are good company. Kristine Huntley
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More About the Author

Jill Conner Browne is the multiple #1 New York Times bestselling author of nine Sweet Potato Queens® books and has created a global phenomenon--6,200 chapter groups in 37 countries--based upon her philosophy and world-view as recounted through these rollicking, raucous and riotously funny essays. Women and smart men understand that the bawdy, sassy, down-to-earth humor is simply the vehicle by which the greater message is conveyed--that is, one of self-reliance and empowerment, inspiring all to do what makes their hearts sing.

Customer Reviews

I would recommend this for a fun light read!
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This book, along with everything I've read by Jill Conner Browne, is hilarious!
Melanie Short
Even the recipes were less than charming, way too much splenda (ugh!)
Mamalinde

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
In 1968 Jackson, Mississippi, the Fab Five (Jill, Mary, Patsy, Tammy and Gerald) became tight friends because of their belief that they are magnificent though the existing high school clubs and other teen associations rejected each of them. The outsiders dubbed themselves the Sweet Potato Queens with their vision to enjoy life to the fullest for "If it ain't fun, we ain't doing it."

After graduation they remained friends though each went their separate way. Mary went Hollywood; Gerald comes out of the closet in San Francisco; Tammy becomes a Jackson TV weather reporter; Patsy becomes a mom in Atlanta, while Jill becomes a personal trainer and columnist. Each has met life head on, but now twenty plus years later following marriage, death, and relationship blunders, they meet in London to save Tammy from what her four bosom buddies think is a tragic mistake.

Though more vignette than novel, this is a fine fictionalization of Jill Connor Browne's The Sweet Potato Queens. The five protagonists are a likable quintet as they help each other stay balanced over the years. Fans of the Karen Gillespie's Bottom Dollar Girls, the Mossy Creek sagas or the Sweet Potato Queens will enjoy this humorous slice of life.

Harriet Klausner
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mamalinde on January 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Say it isn't so! This novel, though, really contains little new material, just an organized rehash of the earlier books -- minus the slap happy, screamingly funny little bits and pieces. It just doesn't work for me, and I've bought oodles of these books for gifts. Even the recipes were less than charming, way too much splenda (ugh!) and the Beulah Land Boo Boo Pie just was a gooey mess, even though the recipe was followed exactly. Get this one from the library, or skip it all together. A commercial enterprise, and one that didn't provide the level of sass I've come to expect from the wonderful Queens.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tamela Mccann TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I'll begin by saying that this is not normally the type of book I read; I'm not a big fan of the chick lit genre in general. That being said, however, I will say that once I dove into this book, I really enjoyed it and found it to be a fun, light read that I can recommend.

Set first in the 1960s, SPQ (Sweet Potato Queen) Jill narrates the tales of the group members in roughly 5 year segments that follow the girls and the obligatory gay male member during the changes in their lives and attitudes. Through marriages and divorces and life-altering experiences, Jill gives us the humor and the seriousness of the relationships that exist for the group. Loyal to a fault, the SPQ lift one another out of funks and defend each other to the death. Browne does a good job of creating colorful characters who don't exceed the limits of being larger than life, and her episodes are entirely believable. Her Southern-isms are dead on, and she even includes a few recipes in the end pages that apparently help to tie this book to the others in the series.

Minor quibbles for me include the overly tidy ending (comeuppance is a rare thing as shown here), and the excess of curse words (a more judicious use of them would have had more impact--after a while they just became monotonous). But overall this is a good little novel that does what it sets out to do: entertain us and engage us in the lives of these flamboyant characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anne Marie on February 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am a big fan of the previous SPQ books, and have recommended them to many. This novel was a bit disappointing, however, lacking much of the author's laugh-out-loud slapstick quality that pokes fun at life and relationships. Perhaps the problem for me was that each of the five very likable characters commit such predictable and disastrous relationship faux-pas that I'm torn between laughing AT them and crying FOR them. (Yes, this is precisely how we feel about our own friends' antics sometimes!) The book is a quick read, and entertaining (I've gotta get me some of those Bad Bubba Bingo cards!), so it's not a complete wash out, just be forewarned that you won't laugh as much as you're used to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LK on March 8, 2007
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This book disappoints on many levels. It is just not as much fun as the other Sweet Potato Queens books. The first person narrative that worked so well in the other books, tastes funky in this fictionalized account of the queens genesis and evolution. Jill Connor Browne's sweet essays in the other books were funny and touching because they were so true, yet unpredictable. This book is the opposite on both counts.

Sorry Jill...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Emily M. Terry on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Jill Conner Browne has done it again--she's written another hilarious and highly original laugh-out-loud book about the Sweet Potato Queens! I've enjoyed all her other books and this one gave me more of what I love--just in a fictional format (the Boss Queen is brilliant!). My only problem is that I am not allowed to read her books around other people because I can't control my huge outbursts of laughter and squeals of delight! But when you're engrossed in one of Jill's books who needs anyone else around any how? I'm going to buy a copy of this book for all my friends who have enjoyed her books in the past!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mimi2two on June 23, 2007
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Although I didn't have any laugh-out-loud moments reading this book, I did experience a few chuckles and learned a new term for a bad boss - bosshole. Thankfully I don't currently have use for the term. It doesn't require following complicated story lines so it's a good summer book. The story of high school friendships weathering all the complications of life is close to my heart. It's a reminder that true friendships endure marriages, divorces, bad choices, distance, and in the end true friends are by your side.

Ladies - I recommend this book for all your girlfriends as a reminder of how important they are in your life.
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