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The House of Eve

The House of Eve

Sadeqa Johnson

Released in 2023

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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.


A New York Times bestseller - An Apple Best Book of 2023 - A Goodreads Best Book of 2023 - An NPR Best Book of 2023
"The House of Eve is a triumph of historical fiction....Johnson's novel is an affecting and arresting exploration of young Black womanhood and motherhood in the mid-20th century.... Johnson's talents are in full bloom in this layered story with two distinctive and compelling young Black women at the center.... The House of Eve is engrossing, emotionally wrenching and socially astute storytelling."-- Washington Post
"A beautifully written and wonderfully crafted tale of two young Black women, their families and their love stories. However, that's only the beginning of this immersive, captivating story. Johnson's two main characters are strikingly different but stunningly similar. Readers will never forget Ruby or Eleanor, or the choices they make and the sacrifices they endure in this timely, relatable tale of women, children, skin color, haves and have-nots with an ending that will stay with you for a long, long time. A Reese's Book Club pick, The House of Eve is an instant classic." --NPR
"A heartrending story."-- Taylor Jenkins Reid, via Goodreads
"A provocative and heartrending tale about two young women forced to face the limitations of their reproductive choices in 1950s America. Ripping open the complex intersection of classism, colorism and gender inequality, Johnson has delivered a powerful statement on the cost of suppressing female autonomy that's stunning to experience and impossible to forget."--Atlanta Journal Constitution
"This is a moving work of women's fiction with timely perspective on racism, colorism, and pre- Roe women's rights in the United States of the 1950s. Fans of Tayari Jones, Brit Bennett, and Jeni McFarland will want to check it out." -- Library Journal
"Johnson's suspenseful and thought-provoking latest follows two young Black women as they separately navigate mid-20th century America.... This well-crafted work is bound to provoke discussion among readers about the conflicts women face regarding pregnancy." --Publishers Weekly
"Johnson showcases the difficult boundaries of race, class, and education as she explores the obstacles and consequences that confront those who seek to cross them." --Booklist
"Johnson's portrait of young women with sharp wit and big dreams is powerful and honest."-- PopSugar

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