THE EIGHTY-YEAR-OLD SORORITY GIRLS
As a group of eighty-something girlfriends deal with the mental decline of their sorority sister, they reconnect with their college sorority, advise their grandchildren, find new lives for themselves and continue to stay the closest of friends. Vivian, nicknamed “Button,” is an Alzheimer’s patient who adores her sorority group, Helen rediscovers love at age eighty-one, Ida’s crazy side comes out during football season and Laney is the “big sister” in charge of baking for the group. These three women consistently show up for Vivian as her mental health deteriorates — because that is what sisters do. As they discover a new way of
“The Eighty-Year-Old Sorority Girls is a heartfelt book that will inspire women of all ages to stop, pause and reflect on one’s life journey … to embrace it with open arms and reminiscence the friendships and the opportunities they have experienced. Robin Benoit has provided a beautiful collection of magical and memorable moments that will bring laughter and smiles of joy, and tears of love and compassion. Page by page and chapter by chapter, The Eighty-Year-Old Sorority Girls is a must read as one’s life comes full circle. Don’t let it pass you by… enjoy, and thank you to our author and storyteller Robin Benoit.” —Deborah S. Phelps, Executive Director of the Education Foundation of BCPS, Inc. and Author of A Mother for All Seasons: A Memoir and Proud Mother of Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps
“Robin Benoit’s touching story is a celebration of the enduring bonds of sisterhood. Whether you are 18 or 80 years young, women need women in their lives, and this book is a beautiful testament to that.” —TJ Condon, President of Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation and Award-Winning Author of Some Assembly Required: A True Story of Love and Organ Transplants
“I think fans of Steel Magnolias will love this book! I recommend it wholeheartedly!” —Carey Conley, Co-Author of Keep Looking Up and Co-Founder of Infinite Nation™ Community
“I find this a truly endearing book, and the style of writing conveys just that message. I recommend this book for all women to enjoy. We all need our tribe, our pride and to think about our special relationships and their lifetime impact personally and on future generations.”
—Robin White Fanning, President of Phi Mu Foundation
PRAISE FOR THE EIGHTY-YEAR-OLD SORORITY GIRLS
“I love books that represent the values of female friendships and supporting one another. The way these women show up for each other is truly inspiring.”—Pat Mitchell, Co-Founder and Curator of TEDWomen and Author of Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Change the World
“I love books that represent the values of female friendships and supporting one another. The way these women show up for each other is truly inspiring.” —Pat Mitchell, Co-Founder and Curator of TEDWomen and Author of Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Change the World
DALLAS, TX— The Golden Girls meets Steel Magnolias in Robin Benoit’s debut women’s fiction, Eighty-Year-Old Sorority Girls (Brown Books Publishing; on sale: May 8, 2022). In this story, four women exemplify how the bonds of sisterhood can sustain through the hardest of times, regardless of age. It delicately addresses Alzheimer’s disease as the women champion their dear friend who is diagnosed with it. Benoit’s novel, at its core, spreads the message that life, friendship, and fun don’t end when the college days do — they are only just beginning.
“Robin Benoit has provided a beautiful collection of magical and memorable moments that will bring laughter and smiles of joy, and tears of love and compassion. Page by page and chapter by chapter, The Eighty-Year-Old Sorority Girls is a must read as one’s life comes full circle.
Don’t let it pass you by.” —Deborah S. Phelps, Executive Director of the Education Foundation of BCPS, Inc., Author of A Mother for All Seasons: A Memoir and Proud Mother of Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ROBIN BENOIT is a sorority alumna, and she would love for you to guess to which sisterhood he belongs after reading this book. There are a few clues, but also loving references to many
National Panhellenic Conference sororities. She did not name her sorority nor create an imaginary one so that every sorority woman would feel it was written especially for her. No matter the letters, colors, emblems or creeds, this book is for all the sorority “girls” out there.
Robin has served in officer positions for her sorority and Alumnae Panhellenic. She has said for many years that Thanksgiving at her home could be considered a Panhellenic meeting with the different sororities represented in her family. She graduated from college in 1985 with a degree in journalism/public relations. She believes it was her sorority experience which led her to a career in public relations/community relations with non-profit agencies and corporations because she wanted her work to be meaningful and helpful to others.
That desire to make a difference led her to become a writer. Robin is now a three-time author with two previous books under her belt. She wrote her first book in 2010 following the amazing success of her daughter Jillian’s vision therapy treatment. Jillian’s Story: How Vision Therapy Changed My Daughter’s Life, and second book co-written with her daughter in 2014, Dear Jillian: Vision Therapy Changed My Life Too, are found in many optometry offices around the world.
The Eighty-Year-Old Sorority Girls is her foray into fiction writing, but it, too, grew from a desire to share her personal perspective of loving someone with Alzheimer’s. Her mother, June, passed away in 2017 after struggling with the disease for several years. This story also blossomed into one about sorority sisterhood thanks to the examples of many special sisters in Robin’s life. One constant thread these sisters shared was their belief that they were sorority girls at heart no matter their age, thus the title of this book.
Robin lives in the Midwest with her husband, Brian, and they have two adult daughters, Annelise and Jillian. She loves to travel and credits her 1984 experience on Semester at Sea for creating the adventurer in her. She is a tremendous Disney fan, and it will be obvious that Big Sky Amusement Park was inspired by that love. She also enjoys her bible study circle and can be found several days a week in her local YMCA’s water aerobics class.