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a b Snowden, Jordan. "Book Review: Deesha Philyaw's The Secret Lives of Church Ladies". Pittsburgh City Paper . Retrieved 2020-10-18.

Wright, Wendeline O. (2020-09-10). "Deesha Philyaw's debut short story collection explores faith and fidelity". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . Retrieved 2020-10-18. The combination of social stigmas, judgemental mothers and the Church all coalesce to make the women in these stories feel Othered or unable to comfortably occupy their own bodies. This is best detailed when a character has been made to wear a girdle her whole life by her mother, who finds it blasphemous when she arrives at church without one on after trying to learn to love herself in therapy sessions. The coached shame of ones body extends to their shame over sexuality or even feeling they are deserving of anything, much less love. The opening story, Eula, directly confronts the ways the Church’s insistence on purity is emotionally damaging. In it, two lifelong friends spend the last night of the 20th century together in a hotel and confront their sporadic sexual encounters with one another. Caroletta is hurt that Eula won’t admit her feelings and carries on in loveless relationships with men because she feels she must and because the Church sees their relations as unatural.

The interview has been edited for length and clarity. Congratulations on being named a finalist for the National Book Award. How did you react to that news? The stories of these women and their friendships come alive, beating with tenderness and imperfection, and build upon one another to create a beautiful melody of female determination.” As a Southerner who lived in Milwaukee for four years, I related to the weather aspects of “Snowfall.” It's another tale of mother-daughter conflict, but it was nice to have a ‘warm’ resolution this time, especially coming after the previous story.

All of this cemented my understanding of God as a twisted puppet master watching his creations bounce around, trapped and tangled up in tragedies for his amusement.’ Winners of the 2020 L.A. Times Book Prizes announced". Los Angeles Times. 2021-04-17 . Retrieved 2021-04-17. After he drops his luggage into your trunk and closes it, he turns to you and says, “Finally.” And you say, “Finally.” And he draws you into his arms and kisses you. His lips are as soft as you thought they would be.Full disclosure: I totally thought this was a nonfiction book until a friend read it. I saw it was getting an immense amount of praise but I just figured it was something I probably wouldn't read. But as soon as I found out it was a story collection I jumped on it and boy, am I glad I did! These stories are truly unforgettable. Mayer, Petra (2020-10-06). "Charles Yu, Kacen Callender Among National Book Award Finalists". . Retrieved 2020-10-18. Liaw, Amanda (2021-02-02). "Announcing the longlist for the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction | The PEN/Faulkner Foundation". PEN/Faulkner Foundation . Retrieved 2021-02-05.

I don’t know,” he says, then yawns. “Sounds like a mystic’s take on fated love, and I don’t believe in fate.” a b Owusu, Nadia (2021-05-17). "One Book Nearly Swept This Year's Awards. Why Didn't Publishers Want It?". Slate Magazine . Retrieved 2021-10-20. I was also fascinated with the many types of relationships- mother/daughter, men/women, women/women... The complicated lives of these women begins with “Eula.” On the eve of Y2K, Caroletta prepares to meet her best friend Eula at a hotel. It’s their annual New Year’s Eve ritual: a suite, good eats, and bottles of André Spumante to ring in the new year. Their conversations turn to relationships and love, and both of these 40-year-old women have different ideas about what that means. Eula wants to date to find the husband that God has for her and live in a traditional, Biblical family. For Caroletta, love is whoever and whatever she wants—and that includes Eula, her part-time lover.Eric strokes your furrowed brows until your face relaxes. You say, “Rumi said, ‘Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.’ Do you believe that?” The book is West Virginia University Press's most commercially successful in its history. It sold 30,000 copies in six months. [6] Critical reception [ edit ] But you want him to keep talking, to keep listening. Maybe invite him to come up? No, too soon. You don’t think he’s a serial killer. That’s not it. It’s that you don’t want him to think you’re that kind of woman. The kind your mother warned you not to be. So you have not been. You are forty-two.”

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