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Sorority Sisters: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2007
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"Butler realistically captures the trials and tribulations of African-American college women. . . . Rarely has there been a depiction of African-American college life as vivid and accurate as Sorority Sisters."
--Lawrence C. Ross, Jr., author of The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities
"Sorority Sisters examines the issues facing women walking a tightrope between the teen years and adulthood. . . . The fact that the author provided a peek into the pledge process of African-American sororities made the book even more tasty."
"Butler’s approach to the issues surrounding sororities and fraternities, sex and relationships, friendships and sisterhood, [is] genuine and down to earth. Sorority Sisters is a relaxing read that offers a trip down memory lane for some and a heads-up for others."
--Black Issues Book Review
"Tajuana ‘TJ’ Butler scores big. . . . Serious subtexts involving STDs and loyalty never come across as preachy. Butler keeps her prose light and entertaining, making Sorority Sisters an enjoyable page-turner."
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
TAJUANA "TJ" BUTLER is a writer and poet who speaks about sisterhood at colleges around the country. She has published a collection of poetry entitled The Desires of a Woman. Villard will publish her second novel, Hand-me-down Heartache in October 2001. She lives in Los Angeles.
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I really enjoyed all the characters of this book. I feel as if Butler gave us "enough" background on each one. The life mix of the these young ladies was very realistic. It is exactly what you will find on any college campus. One came from a rich family making for some class differences. There was one with a troubled past and dysfunctional family which made her feel somewhat insecure at times. There was the ambitious and career driven one. Another young woman was struggling with the fact that she was adopted. I admired the fact that when the pledge process was over these women held on to their friendships that they had prior to joining their sorority. That was a great point for Butler to make because stereotypically people have the idea that once you join a sorority or fraternity you forget all about the friends you had prior to joining.
Butler did an outstanding job on showing how college age women and men handle relationships. There was friend betrayal, an unplanned pregnancy, breakups, and the handling of the contraction of an STD. It was refreshing to see how these characters worked out and talked out many situations that were really hard to share. This work exemplified what the strength of sisterhood looks like.
Having pledged the first and finest Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., myself reading about these young ladies brought back some memories. There were many relatable moments throughout the text. Butler made the pledge process interesting but with much discretion. I appreciated that most of all. Overall, this was a well balanced and very enjoyable read.
Five African American women, from all types of life experiences are united in a common bond of pledging a sorority. Sorority Sisters is an accounting of the lifelong friendships that developed through the pledging experience and the feelings of true sisterhood that blossom. Each lady: Cajen, Chancey, Malena, Stephanie, and Tiara each have their own personal reasons for wanting to be a part of such a prestigious organization. Each has problems, lets face it, who doesn't, but their ability to work through the pledge process and the ability to share their lives with each other brings about a closeness that can't be duplicated.
Ms. Butler has done a fine job in writing a book that exposes both feeling and atmosphere. Each character is well developed and as a reader I didn't feel the need to stick to one character and follow her through the journey. The intermingling of characters made the read exciting and fast. Her freshman endeavor in writing is worthy of praise as I feel she's done a fine job of adequately representing a process that is shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding. Without divulging any sorority secrets, she has brought about understanding in a compact novel.