By Lisa Takeuchi Cullen
(Plume Books, Paperback, 9780452298828, 362pp.)
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
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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. Reeling from the death of her mother, Ruthie suffers a crisis of faith--in God, in her marriage, and in herself. Candace is Greenleaf's "First Lady," a force of nature who'll 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 dramatic portrayal of the private lives of pastors' wives, caught between the demands of faith, marriage, duty, and love.