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Deesha Philyaw Book Signing

The Mandarin Branch Library is hosting author, Deesha Philyaw, for a discussion and book signing. 

Her book, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction.

This event will be limited to maintain social distancing, but a livestreaming option will be available.

The books are available now and pre-orders are recommended.  Please indicate if you're attending the book event and we'll bring your book to the library,  You can also pick up your book from the bookstore or using the shipping option.  

We are proud to partner with the Jacksonville Public Library and thank you for your support.

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
3330 Kori Road
Jacksonville, FL 32257
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies Cover Image
ISBN: 9781949199734
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: West Virginia University Press - September 1st, 2020

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.