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The Sweet Potato Queens' First Big-Ass Novel: Stuff We Didn't Actually Do, But Could Have, And May Yet Paperback – Bargain Price, April 15, 2008
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Loved the friendships that turned into extended family. The real life scene tips almost make life's tough times more bearable.Published 4 months ago
I have read 3 of their books now and enjoyed each one. They have lots of chuckles and amazing friendships.Published 10 months ago by Belizegal
This was a fun book to read. It was fascinating to see the growth of this group of girls (and one guy) over the years.Published 12 months ago by KATHERINE DONOVAN-SHERPA
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. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Pageturner in NYC