This debut collection explores how Black women and girls raised as Christians navigate between the church's double standards and their own needs and passions, daring to follow their desires and pursue a momentary reprieve from being good.
... juicy goodness bursts from every page ... While continually acknowledging the importance of the church in the Black community, Philyaw sees the contradictions it creates with clarity, sometimes painful, sometimes hilarious ... This collection marks the emergence of a bona fide literary treasure. As one of Philyaw’s characters might say, praise the Lord.
... a collection of luminous stories populated by deeply moving and multifaceted characters ... No saints exist in these pages, just full-throated, flesh-and-blood women who embrace and redefine love, and their own selves, in powerfully imperfect renditions. Tender, fierce, proudly Black and beautiful, these stories will sneak inside you and take root.
... [a] triumphant debut collection ... While Philyaw occasionally gets ahead of herself...for the most part she soars ... Philyaw’s stories inform and build on one another, turning her characters’ private struggles into a beautiful chorus.