THACKER MOUNTAIN RADIO HOUR TURNS 25! With Deesha Philyaw for Secret Lives of Church Ladies

Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 6:00pm

HAPPY 25TH ANNIVERSARY TO THACKER MOUNTAIN RADIO HOUR!

Thursday, October 20th– Join us for Thacker Mountain Radio Hour at the Powerhouse in Oxford, MS

Showtime: 6 pm

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Featuring:

Deesha Philyaw for her book 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.

About the Author:

Deesha Philyaw’s writing on race, parenting, gender, and culture has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington PostMcSweeney’s, the RumpusBrevityTueNight, and elsewhere. Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, she is the 2022-2023 UM Grisham Writer in Residence and lives in Oxford. 

Air times:

Thursday, October 20th – 6:00 pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Friday, October 28th – 6 am (CT) WYXR 91.7 FM Memphis, TN.

Saturday, October 29th –3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

                                    7 pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

                                    9 pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

Praise for...

“This is no mere collection of sappy romance stories. 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.”
Tara Campbell, author of Midnight at the Organporium, from Barrelhouse magazine

“A collection of luminous stories populated by deeply moving and multifaceted characters. . . . Tender, fierce, proudly black and beautiful, these stories will sneak inside you and take root.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“The church, sexuality, and everyday life come alive in each story bringing readers closer to experiences we can, or have, seen ourselves in.”
Electric Lit, “24 New and Forthcoming Books That Celebrate Black Lives”

Event address: 
413 S 14th St
Oxford, MS 38655
Books: 
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies By Deesha Philyaw Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781949199734
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: West Virginia University Press - September 1st, 2020