Literary Wine Down with Deesha Philyaw, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

Wine Down with Jamise Harper and Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

Chaos Theory by Brown Estate Vineyards
The first and only Black-owned estate winery in California’s Napa Valley
An exquisite blend – 35% Merlot, 35% Petite Sirah, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Zinfandel. Full, fruity and well-balanced. A soft and silky texture with intoxicating flavors of blackberries, black cherries, cappuccino, and tobacco.

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction (2020)
National Book Award Finalist for Fiction (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. 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.

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Recorded on November 11, 2020
Publisher: West Virginia University Press

Literary Wine Down is a book + wine conversational series hosted by Jamise Harper, founder of Spines & Vines