Alabama native Cassandra King may be the wife of fellow southern scribe Pat Conroy, but she is an acclaimed author in her own right, with novels like The Sunday Wife and The Same Sweet Girls earning accolades from fellow bestselling belles Sue Monk Kidd and Anne Rivers Siddons.
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Also Known As:
Cassandra King Conroy
Fripp Island, South Carolina
Date of Birth:
February 18, 1944
Place of Birth:
B.A. 1967; M.A., 1988
Cassandra King's official web site
|Our Book Club Pick|
|The Same Sweet Girls|
Cassandra King, Read by Patricia Kalember
King's latest novel centers on a group of lifelong friends, including a high-powered political spouse, a flirty former Broadway showgirl, and a depression-battling genius. No longer "girls," they are brought together by an unexpected crisis. "These women will capture you with the powerful, indelible bond that lies between them," reflects Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees). And Anne Rivers Siddons raves, "If anybody has written a better book about the power of women's friendships, I haven't read it."
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|A Writer's Rituals|
|In our exclusive interview, we asked King to tell us about some of her writing rituals. "I have so many, I’m embarrassed to tell them," she admits. "Music playing, always. Scented candles. A fat, plush cushion to sit on. Lots of light from an opened window. And on my desk, always, chocolates."|
|An Author's Inspiration||Favorite Writers and Reads |
King told us that Hemingway's classic A Moveable Feast "has a tremendous effect on my life as a writer every time I pick it up, which is fairly often. It is like siren song, calling me into a literary world in an era -- the Jazz Age -- that has always had a great appeal to me."
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Edward Shenton (illus.)
We asked King to tell us more about some of her favorite reads. She selected Cross Creek for her list, explaining, "I am a great admirer of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings primarily for her love, respect, and awe of nature. Her nature descriptions blow me away!" Read our interview with King to learn more about her best-loved books, including: