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“The Secret Lives of Church Ladies” with Author Deesha Philyaw ’93
Thursday, February 10, 2022, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
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 Yale Club of DC Virtual Event

Co-sponsored with the Yale Black Alumni Association DMV


“The Secret Lives of Church Ladies”
with Author Deesha Philyaw ’93


Thursday, February 10, 2022


This meeting will be conducted on Zoom.  Instructions will be provided upon registration

Please join us for a virtual talk by author and Yale alumna Deesha Philyaw '93, who will talk to us about her award-winning book "The Secret Lives of Church Ladies", Yale's influence on her career, and her thoughts on next steps.

About the Author

Deesha Philyaw is the author of the debut short story collection The Secret Lives of Church Ladies (West Virginia University Press, 2020), which won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 2020/2021 Story Prize, and a 2020 LA Times Book Prize: The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction; the collection was also a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. She is also the author of Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce, written in collaboration with her ex-husband.

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. Nine stories featuring four generations of characters who grapple with who they want to be in the world, the collection was praised as “luminous stories populated by deeply moving and multifaceted characters,” by Kirkus Reviews and “addictive while also laying bare the depth and vulnerability of Black women,” by Observer. Author Tara Campbell notes, “The love in Philyaw’s stories runs the gamut from sweet to bitter, sexy to sisterly, temporary to time tested, often with hidden aspects. The word secret in the title is earned, and some of the secrets are downright juicy.” The Secret Lives of Church Ladies is being developed for television by Tessa Thompson for HBO Max.

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