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The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw

Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Rating: 5/5
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About The Book

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. 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.


My Thoughts

I have to admit that I wanted to read this book for the cover and the title; what could be the relation between a peach and some church ladies? Spicy and intriguing, this is a book you’ll never forget.
Even though this book is called “The Secret Lives of Church Ladies” is a book about religious beliefs, how we try to fulfill some rules that we are not ready for and how it affects us. But it shouldn’t really doesn’t matter if we are religious or what colour is our skin, what should really matter is us and our story.
I have to say that I loved this book and all the stories inside; all of them are bitter sweet, but they are powerful and unforgettable.
I think this is one of the best short story books I’ve ever read; none of the stories are light or unimportant, they all have something special in them and make you feel connected to the characters.
I am not a religious person but I liked the duality of the stories in this book, all the characters are religious people, but they don’t plan to fit in the “catholic” standards. They all have secrets, but this doesn’t make them damaged or wrong, on the contrary, it makes them human, what’s not “normal” is having to fit other people’s rules, or rules that were written by a man a long time ago, don’t you think?
This is a must read; special and with a heart.
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About The Author

Deesha Philyaw’s collection of short stories about Black women, sex, and the Black church, THE SECRET LIVES OF CHURCH LADIES is forthcoming from West Virginia University Press in Sept. 1, 2020. Deesha is the co-author of Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce, written in collaboration with her ex-husband. Her work has been listed as Notable in the Best American Essays series, and her writing on race, parenting, gender, and culture has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Brevity, dead housekeeping, Apogee Journal, Catapult, Cheat River Review, TueNight, ESPN’s The Undefeated and The Baltimore Review; Essence, Ebony, and Bitch magazines; and various anthologies. Deesha is a Fellow at the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction and a past Pushcart Prize nominee for essay writing in Full Grown People.