Review

God Save the Sweet Potato Queens

by Jill Connor Browne

GOD
SAVE THE SWEET POTATO QUEENS sounded like it was going to be a
funny novel about Southern women, kind of like a book version of
Steel Magnolias. But I did not get what I bargained for --- with
chapter titles like "Sex, Fritos and the Talking Vagina," I was in
for something very, very different.
If
you always wanted to know what it was like to be, or how to become,
a loud-talking, big-haired, long-nailed, hard-drinking,
party-loving, parade-walking, sequined-tushed, bodacious
tata-growing Southern belle, this book is for you. If that's not
exactly the personality or lifestyle you would like, this book is
not for you. GOD SAVE THE SWEET POTATO QUEENS is actually a
follow-up to an earlier how-to book called THE SWEET POTATO QUEENS'
BOOK OF LOVE, in which the ladies spelled out for you the whys and
wherefores of mating rituals, marriage procedures, divorce-table
conversations, and their kind of Southern gal's cohabitation
preferences. I did not know of this book and so was, as evidenced
by my lead sentence, completely unaware of the success the ladies
have had with the public and how many other ladies out there,
including the wondrous novelist Kaye Gibbons, wanted to be in on
the joke --- even though it wasn't really a joke.
The
picture of the Queens on the front cover tells you everything you
need to know --- these women are brash and funny and love life.
However, I didn't find any of their rather archaic attitudes about
women's roles in relationships and the world-at-large very
meaningful --- and with their giant red wigs and green-sequined,
pink-caped get-ups, I couldn't imagine anyone taking them very
seriously. But according to the author, someone does, so we will
just have to allow those folks to enjoy the book and the rest of us
will move on to something else.
Is
there any way to revive the ERA movement and make that fun again
for the rest of us? If you think so, give me a call.

Reviewed by Jana Siciliano on January 22, 2011

God Save the Sweet Potato Queens
by Jill Connor Browne

  • Publication Date: January 9, 2001
  • Genres: Nonfiction, Self-Help
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press
  • ISBN-10: 060980619X
  • ISBN-13: 9780609806197