The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw audiobook

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

By Deesha Philyaw
Read by Janina Edwards

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Winner of the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction 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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Winner of the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Narrator Janina Edwards masterfully performs this collection of short stories featuring Black women who, though they differ in age and context, struggle with loneliness, sexual connection, and the ever-present and contradictory lessons of the church. AudioFile

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Author Bio: Deesha Philyaw

Author Bio: Deesha Philyaw

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 4.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English