Sadeqa Johnson

Sadeqa Johnson

The House of Eve

Simon & Schuster

A daring and redemptive novel exploring 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 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 arrives in Washington, DC, with ambition and secrets. When she meets the handsome William at Howard University, they fall 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 unexpected ways, Ruby and Eleanor will both make decisions that shape the trajectory of their lives.

“The House of Eve is a luminous, moving read!”
—Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author