Deesha Philyaw's writing on race, parenting, gender, and culture
has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington
Post, McSweeney's, the Rumpus, Brevity,
TueNight, and elsewhere. Originally from Jacksonville,
Florida, she currently lives in Pittsburgh with her daughters.
"Triumphant. . . . Philyaw's stories inform and build on one
another, turning her characters' private struggles into a beautiful
Publishers Weekly "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) "Vivid, vibrant stories that will linger on your tongue like sweet tea."
"In this year of constriction and pain, juicy goodness bursts from every page of Deesha Philyaw's debut short story collection. . . . This collection marks the emergence of a bona fide literary treasure."
Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Sex, friendship, freedom, and agency are centered throughout
this cheeky, insightful, and irresistible new book."
Ms. Magazine "Stunning. . . Philyaw's stories are addictive while also laying bare the depth and vulnerability of Black women."
"Beautifully crafted. A lovely collection."
Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist
"Our new decade deserves a new literary force with major
literary skills. Deesha Philyaw uses the comic, the allegorical,
and the geographic to examine Black intimacies and Black secrets.
Her work is as rigorous as it is pleasurable to read."
Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy
"Full of lived-in humanity, warmth, and compassion."
"These are stories about Black women that haven't been told with
this level of depth, wit, or insight before, so it will not shock
me if Oprah gets around to selecting it before the end of the
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Incredibly moving."
Pittsburgh City Paper