"Riveting, perceptive, and funny. Once you pick up this novel, you won’t be able to put it down."
—Gretchen Rubin, author of THE HAPPINESS PROJECT
Lisa Takeuchi Cullen’s debut novel, PASTORS' WIVES, follows three women whose lives converge and intertwine at a Southern evangelical megachurch. Ruthie follows her Wall Street husband from New York to Magnolia, a fictional suburb of Atlanta, when he hears a calling to serve at a megachurch called Greenleaf. Candace is Greenleaf’s "First Lady," a force of nature who will stop at nothing to protect her church and her superstar husband. Ginger, married to Candace’s son, struggles to play dutiful wife and mother while burying her calamitous past. All their roads collide in one chaotic event that exposes their true selves.
Inspired by Cullen’s reporting as a staff writer for Time magazine, PASTORS' WIVES is a well-drawn portrayal of the private lives of three women caught between the demands of marriage, duty and love.
More Praise for PASTORS' WIVES:
"Hilarious and moving. The characters are so real, I want to friend them on Facebook."
—A.J. Jacobs, author of THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY
"With a reporter’s eye for detail and a writer’s heart for the everyday truths we all face...a terrific first novel, fast-paced and fresh, full of sly wit and compassion."
—Laura Zigman, author of ANIMAL HUSBANDRY and PIECE OF WORK
"PASTORS' WIVES is often surprising yet always emotional, set in a world most of us know only from the outside."