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The House of Eve

By Sadeqa Johnson
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Publisher Description

“Amazing…I was completely surprised by the ending of this beautifully told and written book.” —Reese Witherspoon

“A triumph of historical fiction” (The Washington Post), an instant New York Times bestseller, and a Reese’s Book Club pick, set in 1950s Philadelphia and Washington, DC, that explores what it means to be a woman and a mother, and how much one is willing to sacrifice to achieve her greatest goal.

1950s Philadelphia: fifteen-year-old Ruby Pearsall is on track to becoming the first in her family to attend college. But a taboo love affair threatens to pull her back down into the poverty and desperation that has been passed on to her like a birthright.

Eleanor Quarles arrives in Washington, DC, with ambition and secrets. When she meets the handsome William Pride at Howard University, they fall madly in love. But William hails from one of DC’s elite wealthy Black families, and his parents don’t let just anyone into their fold. Eleanor hopes that a baby will make her finally feel at home in William’s family and grant her the life she’s been searching for. But having a baby—and fitting in—is easier said than done.

With their stories colliding in the most unexpected of ways, Ruby and Eleanor will both make decisions that shape the trajectory of their lives.

101 Reviews

Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“I enjoyed this standalone read. It had everything I was looking for: diversity, well-developed characters, romance, and pain. The author did a great job of weaving two very different worlds together for a memorable and satisfying ending.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growDiverse charactersEasy to readComplexHeartbreakingHistorically-accurateMeaningful
Slightly Smiling Face“I actually enjoyed this book. With a little one at home it takes me longer to read books but actually completed it in a month. It was beautiful that both women dreams came true, despite the route it took to get there. I felt all the emotions each woman faced. Loved the story.”
Reviewed in:Cutie club 🥰
Believable charactersCharacters change and growColorful personalitiesLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersRelatable charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to readAddictiveVivid
Loudly Crying Face“I’m so impressed with the level of research Saqueda did to write this story. She set the tone very well, and I feel like I was immersed into life in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Eleanor and Ruby were very likeable characters, and I enjoyed the way Saqueda had their stories collide at the end.”
Reviewed in:Cutie club 🥰
Believable charactersDiverse charactersHeroic figuresLikable charactersRelatable charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to readComplexHeartbreakingHistorically-accurate
Loudly Crying Face“I loved this book. I really like how it ended and tied everything together. Racism, classism, segregation, etc were well spoken about in the book in regards to the individual characters. I found myself hopeful, heartbroken, and touched along with Ruby and Eleanor while reading this book and can’t wait to read more of the author’s work.”
Reviewed in:Cutie club 🥰
Believable charactersCharacters change and growColorful personalitiesDiverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenAddictiveHistorically-accurateRealistic setting
Loudly Crying Face“I was thoroughly impressed with this book, because I went into not expecting to like it, but pace of the book and the plot kept me wanting to read more. I had never considered thinking about forced adoptions before and although this book deals with themes that are difficult to read about, it is eye-opening, informative and thought provoking.”
Reviewed in:Cutie club 🥰

About Sadeqa Johnson

Sadeqa Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels. Her accolades include being the 2022 Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy finalist, a BCALA Literary Honoree, and the Library of Virginia’s Literary People’s Choice Award winner. She is a Kimbilio Fellow and teaches in the MFA program at Drexel University. Originally from Philadelphia, she currently lives near Richmond, Virginia with her husband and three teens.


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