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And Then There Was Me

By Sadeqa Johnson
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Bea and Awilda have been best friends from the moment Awilda threw her fourteen year-old self across Bea’s twin-sized bed as if they had known each other forever. Bubbly, adventurous Awilda taught sheltered, shy Bea how to dress, wear her hair and what to do with boys. She even introduced Bea to her husband, Lonnie, in college, who pledged to take good care of her for the rest of their lives. But philanderer Lonnie breaks that promise over and over again, leaving Bea to wrestle with her self-esteem and long time secret addiction.

Recently Lonnie has plopped the family in a New Jersey upper class suburb, which lacks the diversity that Bea craves but has the school district and zip code envy that Lonnie wants. The demands of carrying a third child and fitting into this new environment while pretending that her husband is not cheating on her again, is more than she can handle. And just when she thinks things can’t get any worst, the ultimate deception snaps the little thread that was holding her life together and all comes tumbling down.

Sadeqa Johnson's And Then There Was Me is the story of love and friendship, heartache and betrayal. It’s the journey of a woman stripped down to her lowest point and needing to find the will to press on.

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“7/10 I also love McDonald’s”
“Sadeqa Johnson, as a writer is very talented. She has a good rhythm with her writing and a way with cliffhangers that makes you go into the next chapter. Nevertheless, it seems she is consistent in using passive characters as the protagonist. In "Yellow Wife", "The House of Eve" and "And Then There Was Me", each main character had a sense of passiveness that made them seem like the fly on the wall of their own lives. In "And Then There Was Me", I wish Beatrice (Bea) had more of a "backbone". She seemed to not set any boundaries with those in her life despite them constantly offended her. Her own son seemed to get "away with murder" as she put it. But these lack of boundaries seemed to have stemmed from the lack of respect and self-esteem she has for herself. As a bulimic, Bea struggled with guilt and hunger regularly and it took very little to trigger her into harming herself. I do not believe there was a happy or even conclusive ending, but rather Bea decided to take care of herself with yoga, abstaining from purging and taking on a job as a school nurse to put her degree at work. It's a start to the development of a "backbone".”

About Sadeqa Johnson

SADEQA JOHNSON is a former public relations manager who spent years working with well-known authors such as JK Rowling, Bebe Moore Campbell, Amy Tan, and Bishop TD Jakes before becoming an author herself. Her debut novel, Love in a Carry-on Bag, was the recipient of the 2013 Phillis Wheatley award for Best Fiction and the 2012 USA Best Book award for African-American fiction. She is also the author of Second House from the Corner and resides in Virginia with her husband and three children.

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