Sadeqa Johnson In Conversation with L. Alison Heller Live at Colfax

Tattered Cover is honored to welcome Sadeqa Johnson on February 25th at 6pm! She will be on tour celebrating her new book The House of Eve! She will be in conversation with L. Alison Heller, the author of The Neighbor's Secret. This event is free and no registration is required.


From the award-winning author of Yellow Wife, a daring and redemptive novel 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, 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. 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.


Sadeqa Johnson is the award-winning author of four novels, including Yellow Wife. Her accolades include the National Book Club Award, the Phillis Wheatley Book Award, and the USA Best Book Award for Best Fiction. She is a Kimbilio Fellow, former board member of the James River Writers, and a Tall Poppy Writer. Originally from Philadelphia, she currently lives near Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and three children. To learn more, visit


L. Alison Heller is a lawyer and author of contemporary women's fiction novels THE NEIGHBOR'S SECRET, THE NEVER NEVER SISTERS and THE LOVE WARS.

The House of Eve By Sadeqa Johnson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982197360
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 7th, 2023

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Location: Colfax Avenue