February Well-Read Black Girl Virtual Book Club at Pages
This month we are reading and discussing "The Secret Lives of Church Ladies" by Deesha Philyaw.
This book club is free and open to the public. It will be lead by Pages' bookseller, Jazmine Cooper. It will start at 7pm and go until 8pm on February 24th.
Join the book club here!
Whether you have just started the book or read it a long time ago, all are welcome to join the book club. Purchase your copy from Pages and get 15% off.
So What is Well-Read Black Girl Bookclub?
This book club was originally started in 2017 by the author of "Well-Read Black Girl", Glory Edim as a Brooklyn-based book club and online community celebrating the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. This year the American Booksellers Association partnered with Glory to take her book club to independent bookstores nationwide with the goal of amplifying diverse voices and supporting emerging writers of color.
About The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
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.