BOOK STEW REVIEW: ‘The Secret Life Of Church Ladies’ by Deesha Philyaw

Below is the latest Book Stew Review from Eileen MacDougall, the host of the 80+ episodes of Book Stew, a 30-minute video and podcast devoted to writing in all forms, featuring authors, playwrights, voice artists, and journalists.

‘The Secret Life Of Church Ladies’ by Deesha Philyaw

This collection of massively entertaining short stories features Black women in tricky situations: being lovers with a woman who is longing for a husband; meeting a man at a conference and holding him at arm’s length while deciding whether or not he’s for real; confusing your mother’s minister lover with God himself; and reaching out to one of your father’s many daughters when you’ve only heard rumors of her existence. There’s true Black joy here, exuberant dialogue and quiet moments, and the only regret is that the collection is too short.

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