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National Book Award Finalist Deesha Philyaw

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Deesha is the author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies which features stories about 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.

AALBC first learned of Deesha’s work over a decade ago and are pleased to see her writing receive so such critical acclaim. Yesterday, Deesha shared these words about AALBC’s impact.

“Thank you, Troy, for modeling, through AALBC, something very important to me: unapologetic Blackness. Unapologetic love for Black people, our books, our stories. I’m proud to have written an unapologetically Black book. And I thank you for your dedication to celebrating and supporting Black writers and our creative work, and for bringing readers and writers together on the AALBC forum.” —Deesha Philyaw, 2020 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
by Deesha Philyaw

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Publication Date: Sep 01, 2020
List Price: $18.99
Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Classification: Fiction
ISBN13: 9781949199734
Imprint: West Virginia University Press
Publisher: West Virginia University Press
Parent Company: West Virginia University
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The nine stories in The Secret Lives of Church Ladies 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.

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.

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