Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson
.ePUB, 262 pages
Expected publication: January 12th 2021 by Simon & Schuster
About the Book:
Born on a plantation in Charles City Virginia, Pheby Delores Brown has lived a privileged life. Shielded by her mother’s position as the plantation’s medicine woman, and cherished by the Master’s sister, she is set apart from the others on the plantation, belonging to neither world. Freedom on her eighteenth birthday has been promised to her, but instead of the idyllic life she imagined with her true love, Essex Henry, Pheby is forced to leave the only home she has ever known and unexpectedly finds herself thrust into the bowels of slavery at the infamous “Devil’s Half-Acre,” a jail where the enslaved are broken, tortured, and sold every day in Richmond, Virginia. There Pheby is exposed not just to her Jailor’s cruelty but also to his contradictions. To survive Pheby will have to outwit him but soon faces the ultimate sacrifice.
I love Southern Historical Fiction. And this hauntingly beautiful and tragic novel did not disappoint. This is a story of great courage and love and made me feel all the feels. It is a remarkable story that was well written…The characters felt as though they were living alongside me telling me about their life and their journey.
Pheby and her story will be with me for a very long time as this book has characters that will touch your heart and fill it with pain and joy. Sadeqa Johnson knows how to express love through her characters in a simple yet poetic way.
It's hard for modern-day white or black people to understand the relationship between jailers and their slaves. It's so much more complicated than we imagine. Ms. Johnson did a wonderful job of showing the reader the precarious relationship. The ending, especially, brought tears to my eyes. Such a wonderfully written story that I couldn't put down and read in one sitting...highly recommend!
Thank you NetGalley, Sadeqa Johnson and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.
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