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The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

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Thank you, National Book Awards; this would probably have flown completely under my radar had it not been a finalist for their fiction award. Short stories aren’t always my jam but I really enjoyed this collection touching on family, sexuality, motherhood, and relationships.

I think the author did such a great job of exploring generational curses and how history continues to repeat itself. You can read it in a few hours—a fun way to spend an afternoon—but Deesha Philyaw’s words will stay with you for much longer.You imagine him kissing the western wall of Sbarro, weeping at the Cinnabon, leaving an offering at the feet of Auntie Anne. Her work has been listed as Notable in the Best American Essays series, and her writing on race, parenting, gender, and culture has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Brevity, dead housekeeping, Apogee Journal, Catapult, Cheat River Review, TueNight, ESPN’s The Undefeated and The Baltimore Review; Essence, Ebony, and Bitch magazines; and various anthologies.

She dress all proper in a buttoned-up suit when she standing up there with the old as dirt Reverend collecting that love offering. In theater, she wrote Off-Broadway hit, If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be A Muhfucka and her latest play, This Land Was Made, will premiere at Vineyard Theatre in 2022.But as a man with money and power afforded by the religious patriarchy, his needs would always be prioritized. In the context of the story, it means that Arletha is able to turn to her mother for help while her girlfriend Rhonda cannot. those who aren't going to let religion get in the way of their own truth (for lack of a one-word opposite). So, I say all of this to say that sometimes wheels are set in motion long before the spark is manifest. As a Southerner who lived in Milwaukee for four years, I related to the weather aspects of “Snowfall.

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