The Southern Chapter of the Big Girl Panties Club Published by Outskirts Press

Award winning novelist Lynda Stephenson offers up a quirky story of love, discrimination, forgiveness and redemption set on a Southern campus during the racially charged years of the late fifties.

Edmond, OK, March 10, 2013 --( Novelist, poet and retired professor Lynda Stephenson announced today the release of The Southern Chapter of the Big Girl Panties Club, published by Outskirts Press. A sequel to her award winning Dancing with Elvis, Stephenson’s new novel continues the life lessons of the irreverent Frankilee Baxter as she befriends the only Negro girl on campus during the early days of school integration in the South.

“Put on your big girl panties, honey, and deal with it,” Frankilee is fond of saying as she quotes her grandmother. In other words, no whining, no complaining, no blaming others for what can’t be helped. It’s time to grow up.

As a new freshman in college, Frankilee finds she must change her focus from improving her looks, pledging a sorority and finding a boyfriend after she befriends Eleanor Wilson, the only Negro on campus and the daughter of a northern minister who’s a prominent leader in the NAACP. Both girls find that life soon becomes almost more confusing and painful than they can bear, and Frankilee and her other friends in the dormitory form the Big Girl Panties Club and invite Eleanor to join.

Soon the club has developed its own gestures, music, dance steps, secret passwords and generous helpings of humor, but all that is dampened when a boy in the fraternity of Frankilee’s new beau is seriously injured during an initiates’ campout. The narrative takes a dark turn into mystery and deceit and becomes further complicated by a weekend visit by Frankilee to the home of her new boyfriend’s wealthy, but dysfunctional family.

Frankilee’s growing pains during her freshman year at college are painfully real, but her sassy wit and shockingly honest view of life will entertain anyone taking this unconventional journey along with her.

The Southern Chapter of the Big Girl Panties Club is available on-line at Kindle and Nook and in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. For a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more at

Format: 5 x 8 paperback cream ISBN: 978-1-4787-1311-1 SRP: $16.95
Genre: Fiction/action and adventure

About the author:

Born and reared in the Texas Panhandle, Stephenson attended Trinity University in San Antonio and then received her Master’s Degree and doctoral work in English from the University of Oklahoma. A former English professor at East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma, she is a prolific writer of poetry, essays, and short stories. She currently lives with her husband, Gene, in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Lynda Stephenson’s first novel, Dancing with Elvis, introduces the irreverent teenager, Frankilee Baxter, who is both charming and sharp-tongued. Published in 2005, fifty years after Brown vs. Board of Education, Dancing with Elvis was chosen by Book Sense for Teen Readers and was a finalist for the Oklahoma Center for the Book Award. It was named an International Reading Association Book Award Notable. In addition to other accolades, the book received the Delta Kappa Gamma Young Adult/Adult Award in 2007.

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