The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

Written by:
Deesha Philyaw
Narrated by:
Janina Edwards

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
December 2020
4 hours 6 minutes
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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Fanta L.

Ms. Philyaw really spent some time with these characters and made them into fully formed, tangible beings. You can tell she loved them despite exposing their flaws and contradictions. I was so engrossed by each one and felt like I really knew them. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies is a treasure of a work. I found myself at once wanting to hurry and finish every story but also wanting to slowly savor them too.

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Sage D.

fantastic. just full of interesting and specifically relatable tales. this narrator is thee best too!!

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Aisha S.

The stories in this book are as unique as the women who tell them. All intertwined with a piece of religion, philosophy and with a twist you couldn't believe. I enjoyed this book. Some stories are more captivating than others, but a good listen while driving to Thanksgiving dinner with your sister.

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The book was filled with surprises and the unexpected. Definitely a page turner. Loved the narrator.

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Keyamesha B.

Enjoyed the story and enjoyed the narrator.

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