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.
*2020 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction*
*2020 Story Prize Winner*
*2021 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist*
*2021 L.A. Times Book Prize, Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction Finalist*