The Secret Lives of Church Ladies: Exclusive Edition (Hardback)Deesha Philyaw (author)
An award-winning, deliciously rebellious short story collection that teems with feeling, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies follows a cast of Black women navigating social pressure, the hurdles and joys of being in love, and joyous respites from being ‘good’.
Exclusive Edition with extra short story
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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.
There is fourteen-year-old Jael, who nurses a crush on the preacher's wife; the mother who bakes a sublime peach cobbler every Monday for her date with the married Pastor; and Eula and Caroletta, single childhood friends who seek solace in each other's arms every New Year's Eve. 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.
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm
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“An immersive and unforgettable read!”
A gorgeous and deservedly award-winning book: I read it all in one sitting, loved every story, and went back to read a couple. Highly recommended!
“A luscious, hilarious, emotional treat”
For fans of Brit Bennett and Jacqueline Woodson, Philyaw's church ladies are frank, bawdy and frequently lustful. These stories are as tasty as the cobblers and crab-cakes in their pages.
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Each short story is brilliant from the first short story to the last.A book women will be discussing and sharing with each other.The characters come alive emotionally moving stories.This book deserves all the... More
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