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The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
Deesha Philyaw
Page: 192
Format: pdf, ePub, mobi, fb2
ISBN: 9781949199734
Publisher: West Virginia University Press

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“Tender, fierce, proudly black and beautiful, these stories will sneak inside you and take root.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Triumphant.” —Publishers Weekly

“The stories of these women and their friendships come alive . . . to create a beautiful melody of female determination.” —Amazon Book Review, “12 Must-Read Books by Black Authors Coming in Fall 2020”

“Full of lived-in humanity, warmth, and compassion.” —Pittsburgh Current

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies explores the raw and tender places where Black women and girls dare to follow their desires and pursue a momentary reprieve from being good. The nine stories in this collection feature four generations of characters grappling with who they want to be in the world, caught as they are between the church’s double standards and their own needs and passions.

There is fourteen-year-old Jael, who has a crush on the preacher’s wife. At forty-two, Lyra realizes that her discomfort with her own body stands between her and a new love. As Y2K looms, Caroletta’s “same time next year” arrangement with her childhood best friend is tenuous. A serial mistress lays down the ground rules for her married lovers. In the dark shadows of a hospice parking lot, grieving strangers find comfort in each other.

With their secret longings, new love, and forbidden affairs, these church ladies are as seductive as they want to be, as vulnerable as they need to be, as unfaithful and unrepentant as they care to be, and as free as they deserve to be.
 

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