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From the award-winning author of Yellow Wife, a daring, beautiful, and redemptive novel 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, in spite of having a mother more interested in keeping a man than raising a daughter. 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.

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Sadeqa Johnson

Sadeqa Johnson is the Globe and Mail best-selling author of Yellow Wife, And Then There Was Me, Second House From the Corner and Love in a Carry-on Bag. Her accolades include being the recipient of the National Book Club Award, the Phillis Wheatley Award and the USA Best Book Award for best fiction. She is a Kimbilo Fellow. Originally from Philadelphia, she currently lives near Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and three children. To learn more, visit O Magazine - "27 of 2021's Most Anticipated Historical Fiction Novels That Will Sweep You Away. " "Wholly engrossing, exquisitely researched, so timely and suspenseful, I highly recommend this novel. " ?Kathleen Grissom New York Times Best selling author of Glory Over Everything and The Kitchen House"A fully immersive, intricately crafted story inspired by the pages of history. In Pheby, Sadeqa Johnson has created a woman whose struggle to survive and to protect the ones she loves will have readers turning the pages as fast as their fingers can fly. Simply enthralling. " ? Lisa Wingate, #1New York TimesBestselling Author of Before We Were Yours and The Book of Lost Friends.

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