Based upon the author's own friendship with her college girlfriends, this novel follows the lives of six friends who have nicknamed themselves the Same Sweet Girls (SSGs).

The women bonded during their years at an Alabama women's college and continue to remain friends two decades later. Though their lives have changed greatly since their college days, they reunite at least once a year to crown a new queen of the SSGs. When one of the SSGs becomes seriously ill, the other women rally around her and their bond strengthens.

King takes the reader to new heights with her enthralling tale of stalwart women's friendships. Always lyrical and compelling, King's novels are the essence of women's fiction. Her latest is no exception, rife with lyricism, wit, romance and hope for a brighter tomorrow. (Feb., 416 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick