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The Secret Lives of Church Ladies Free download Ä 5 ß 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 wantNg with who they want to be in the world caught as they are between the church's double standards and their own needs and passio. I first saw this book when Kiese Laymon retweeted the author’s thank you for his blurb I was intrigued by the title and gorgeous coverThis short story collection is one of the best I have read I finished the collection in 2 days I would have read the entire collection in one sitting but I stopped to meditate on the 4th storyThe author writes the first sentence of each of the stories to draw the reader in Once you are in the story unfolds over a few pages and the reader can identify with the setting and characters The concluding sentences wrap the short stories up in a way that is satisfying to the reader but still could be fleshed out to a novella or novel Lovers of short stories will enjoy this collectionThe stories are not bible study stories They do have church and Christian elements Many of the stories explore topics that are not often discussed in church settingsI was given the opportunity to review an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley

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The Secret Lives of Church Ladies explores the raw and tender places where black women and girls dare to follow their desires an. 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 crafted a whole world and whole humans in so few words

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The Secret Lives of Church LadiesD pursue a momentary reprieve from being good The nine stories in this collection feature four generations of characters grappli. FINAL REVIEW I’m in love I’m freaking out And I needwantcrave This collection reminded me why I love short stories By Page 5 I knew this was going to be a firecracker of a collection One of the key successes of this collection is how Philyaw manages to get you deeply invested in all the characters and scenarios almost immediately By the first page of each story you find yourself enraptured and needing to sprint through those pages Think of your favorite dish yes there’s that feeling of needing to savor every morsel appreciate all the flavors But there’s also that greediness that knowingness of how satisfying it will be after you’ve consumed the entire thing There’s a lot to chew on when it comes to this collection but there’s also an addictive uality attached to it There’s a reason why everyone is flying through this bookEnter this world of dutiful churchgoers lapsed parishioners larger than life pastors non believers unapologetic sinners and those hiding their true ratchet selves behind masks of piety All the stories are told through the point of view of Black women and most of them are filled with uiet rage There are struggles with sexuality faith or lack of faith body image romantic relationships sex abandonment atonement family and loyaltyEven though every story is a firecracker and crackling with energy they’re all approached with different moods and vibes You’ll find humorous stories; lush angry crass and so on You’ll find sensuality in “Eula” vivid imagery in “Peach Cobbler” a laugh riot in “Dear Sister” Get to know the pure madness that is “Jael” You’ll get a surprisingly heightened feminist and empowering manifesto in “Instructions for Married Christian Husbands” And “How to Make Love to a Physicist” is just straight up sexy I read that entire story out loud because I needed to experience the prose on another level verballyThis collection was such a pleasant surprise More important it was a pleasure to read What a joyful experience