Secret Lives of Church Ladies

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February 2021 Bookish Chicago Book Club Pick

An Angela & Tara Agree—FIVE STAR READ!

2020 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw 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.