Growing up on the glamorous Southern California coast, Sharon, Robin, Myrna, and Kitty have been best friends since high school. In their youth, they shared a few things in common. For one, they were all beautiful and fabulous. The four girls were also all crazy about Hank Merker, sexy star quarterback of the Magnolia High School football team.
As grown ups, their friendships don't fade, but each woman does get a turn with Hank. Sharon marries him shortly after graduation, Robin marries him years later, Myrna has an ongoing affair with Hank over the years, and Kitty gets in a couple rounds, too. Time passes, and with all the excess that money can buy, together they experience the joy of booze and sex and the sadness of abuse, divorce, and even suicide.
In between love stories, Hank becomes a millionaire, Robin joins the Peace Corps, Myrna's husband abandons her to join a monastery, and Kitty marries an Italian gigolo after a two-year adventure in Rome. Eventually, when all the best friends have died and made it to Heaven, what will they look back on and admire? What will they regret? But then, there's no guilt in Heaven.
George P. Matheos is the author of Mirages of the Rub al-Khali, The Man Who Killed Osama, and Pure Magic. He lives with his wife in Greece and California.