The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
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Published: West Virginia University Press - September 1st, 2020
Respectable, upstanding people on the surface; a tangle of complicated desires and messy choices underneath. From the biting “Instructions for Married Christian Husbands” to the epistolary “Dear Sister” – a letter from four sisters to a possible fifth after their father’s death – Deesha Philyaw has a knack for creating characters who feel like sisters and cousins, and zeroing in on their intimate truths in just a few pages.