The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

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

Title:The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
ISBN:9781949199734
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    The Secret Lives of Church Ladies Reviews

  • Roxane

    These are wonderful stories. I love the focus on black women and their inner and outer lives. Philyaw’s voice is distinct and textured. The stories are beautifully crafted. A lovely collection. ...

  • Reggie

    Society places a lot of pressure on ladies. Perhaps more so when these ladies are of the Church. The women who are often backbones of their communities, but afterthoughts when it comes time to celebra...

  • Read In Colour

    *taps 🎙️* Is this thing on? Yes? Ok. Let me introduce you to your new favorite author - Deesha Philyaw. Deesha isn't a new author, she's been writing for a minute, but what she does in The Secret...

  • Larry H

    Deesha Philyaw's The Secret Lives of Church Ladies is an excellent, powerful short story collection about Black women who follow their own desires.Full disclosure: I totally thought this was a non...

  • Jennifer

    The Secret Lives of Church Ladies goes in easy, like honey with a touch of spice. It flows from one intimate relationship to another, expanding the heart as it goes, merging reader’s with writer’s...

  • Elyse  Walters

    WOW.... this is a $1.99 Audible daily special. Fantastic deal!!! For those of you who missed reading this book, and have an Audible account - the voice narrator, Janina Edwards is excellent! 4 hours a...

  • BookOfCinz

    These stories will have you clutching your pearls and fanning yourself! WOW Deesha Philyaw’s collection of nine stories about church ladies is fresh, tender, biting, raw, deeply moving and just dow...

  • Brandice

    The Secret Lives of Church Ladies is a short story collection about Black women balancing the church’s expectations and their own interests. Short stories aren’t always my jam but I really enjoyed...

  • Barbara

    “The Secret Lives of Church Ladies” is a collection of short stories about black women and their relationship to their church. In all the stories, the church plays a huge roll in how the ladies de...

  • Traci at The Stacks

    These stories are so good. They’re unapologetically Black, humorous, sad, complex, full, and sometimes steamy too. I loved most of them and liked a few but overall really impressed. Philyaw has craf...