Sorority Sisters

Sorority Sisters

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by Claudia Welch
     
 

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In 1975, trying to find a place to belong, four young women found each other in the same sorority pledge class. Through parties and pranks; finals and skipped classes; boyfriends and break-ups, they forge a bond that takes them by surprise. No one expected it to last beyond college graduation. But some bonds are too strong to break.

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In 1975, trying to find a place to belong, four young women found each other in the same sorority pledge class. Through parties and pranks; finals and skipped classes; boyfriends and break-ups, they forge a bond that takes them by surprise. No one expected it to last beyond college graduation. But some bonds are too strong to break.

Now they’re sisters. And with sisters, it’s not about what happens. It’s about no matter what happens.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Welch’s debut tracks a handful of co-eds over the course of 25 years. Karen, Ellen, Laurie, and Diane all have their own reasons for rushing the Beta Pi sorority during the fall of 1975, and they all harbor varying degrees of cynicism about the sisterhood it promises. None of them are keen on either the “slightly horrifying, slightly barbaric, completely degrading ritual” that accompany rushing or sororities’ reputations for being nothing more than marriage factories. But against the odds, the quartet bond so tightly that their sorority sisters nickname them “the Exclusives.” Through breakups, marriages, births, deaths, and betrayals, the Exclusives remain close well past graduation, and although the bonds evolve as their paths diverge, they discover over the next 20 years that leaving the sorority doesn’t mean losing their sisterhood. Through her rotating cast of narrators, Welch produces some insightful and poignant musings on female relationships against a well-drawn backdrop of 1970s California. Unfortunately, odd moments of insight are buried under frivolous social interaction. Once the Exclusives graduate, the story picks up steam and characters evolve, but during their co-ed years, it’s hard to keep the endless parade of parties and hookups from blending together. Agent: Dominick Abel. (June)
From the Publisher
“Claudia Welch is one of the most gifted authors writing today...Sorority Sisters took me back. I never wanted to come home.”
Lori Handeland, New York Times bestselling author

“Claudia Welch nails the importance of the female tribe in every woman’s life...Fabulous reading!”
Julia London, New York Times bestselling author

Sorority Sisters is so much more and so much deeper than its title. It’s a story about true friendship that will inspire and charm everyone who reads it...These girls sparkle with warmth and wit."
Liz Carlyle, New York Times bestselling author

“I’ll read anything the brilliant Claudia Welch writes."
Sabrina Jeffries, New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425247433
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/05/2012
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
814,008
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“Claudia Welch is one of the most gifted authors writing today...Sorority Sisters took me back. I never wanted to come home.”
Lori Handeland, New York Times bestselling author

“Claudia Welch nails the importance of the female tribe in every woman’s life...Fabulous reading!”
Julia London, New York Times bestselling author

Sorority Sisters is so much more and so much deeper than its title. It’s a story about true friendship that will inspire and charm everyone who reads it...These girls sparkle with warmth and wit."
Liz Carlyle, New York Times bestselling author

“I’ll read anything the brilliant Claudia Welch writes."
Sabrina Jeffries, New York Times bestselling author

Meet the Author

Claudia Welch graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in English. While there, she became a member of Alpha Phi, one of the oldest sororities in America. A two-time RITA finalist, she has won numerous writing awards and honors since her first novel was published in 2000 under a pseudonym. She has lived for most of her life in Los Angeles, called Connecticut home for a decade, and currently lives in North Carolina with her husband.

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Sorority Sisters 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
anovelreview_blogspot_com More than 1 year ago
It begins in 1975, four girls pledge Beta PI. Each girl is joining the sorority for different reasons: Karen-her mother said so. Her mother told her it would be a great way to make girlfriends and Karen tends to do whatever her mother tells her to do. Laurie-is looking to make some girlfriends and ok let’s be honest she wants to accidently on purpose bump into her summer beau, Pete. Pete just happens to be in one of the fraternities the Beta Pi’s socialize with. Ellen-she is in it for the free beer. And it sure doesn’t help hurt that being in a sorority costs her dad a lot more money! Diane-well after her first year of school her dad said he was no longer paying for her parting ways, so he suggests she joins the ROTC. After doing so, her mother says she needs to balance it by becoming a member of a sorority. Over all, these girls are looking to have fun and make some friendships while at school. Little did they know they weren’t just making friends they were making sisters—and sisters are forever. I have to admit I had a preconceived notion about Sorority Sisters. I for some reason assumed the book would start in the present and would have flashbacks. I was way off. It starts off in 1975 and moves the characters through the years. It really gives the reader a chance to connect to all the girls (The book also goes back and forth between the characters so you get to know them even better). I really enjoyed getting to know the characters, but towards the end of their college days I began feeling a bit restless. The story didn’t seem to be heading towards a ‘big’ event or moving very fast. But once they graduate the book starts moving at a much faster pace. Just like in real life the older we get the faster it seems to go by! As they move into adulthood, real life hits them with its cold realities and most heartfelt moments. I laughed. I cried. A great read about the power of love and friendships. I’m recommending Sorority Sisters (what a great book to grab as it’s getting to be back to school time!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really lovely story about four girls who stick together through all that life throws at them.  Good for a laugh and a good cry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. It wasn't what I expected at all. And I finished it right before a weekend with my sorority sisters! Super cute and touching.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I adore these characters! Their stories grip you and never let you go. I laughed and cried and loved it! If you've ever had a group of female friends who saw you through thick and thin, you'll love this book, too. It goes to the heart of female friendship.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Angie Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Oh. My. Goodness. If it were possible for me to just say I ABSOLUTELY FRIGGIN’ LOVED IT, YOU MUST ALL GO GET A COPY NOW and be done with my review, that’d be my review. But since that doesn’t work, let me just say that this is a book that I will re-read at least once a year just so that I can rejoin the girls upon their journey through Rush, college life, romances, and then adulthood. There are no real chapters as the book switches narrators through the four main characters: Diane, Ellen, Karen, and Laurie from 1975 until I believe 2000. I loved how real this book was. You felt like you were going through Rush with them, meeting boys, occasionally attending class, and getting drunk at the 4 0. My heart broke when a romance ended badly or when something happened in one of the girl’s lives that changed them. Most of all I loved how absolutely amazing their bond was throughout their lives. They made me thankful for my own group of friends whom I’m pretty sure I’ll still be friends with twenty years from now. I hope that there’s a sequel for the younger generation…otherwise, I may need to talk my husband into insurance for my Kindle as I’m afraid my tears – both from laughing so hard and from heartbreak – may short circuit it one of these days! I loved everything about Sorority Sisters and recommend this for anyone who enjoys Chick Lit and friendship that lasts longer than most marriages.
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I found it very confusing when the first person narrator changed every chapter. The lead charcters do not seem that different and it was hard to follow who was talking. I worked my way through the whole book, but I probably would not recommend it to a friend.