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Yellow Wife

(2021)
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“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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

Called "wholly engrossing" by New York Times bestselling author Kathleen Grissom, this harrowing story follows an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia.

Born on a plantation in Charles City, Virginia, Pheby Delores Brown has lived a relatively sheltered life. Shielded by her mother’s position as the estate’s medicine woman and cherished by the Master’s sister, she is set apart from the others on the plantation, belonging to neither world.

She’d been promised freedom on her eighteenth birthday, 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. She unexpectedly finds herself thrust into the bowels of slavery at the infamous Devil’s Half Acre, a jail in Richmond, Virginia, where the enslaved are broken, tortured, and sold every day. There, Pheby is exposed not just to her Jailer’s cruelty but also to his contradictions. To survive, Pheby will have to outwit him, and she soon faces the ultimate sacrifice.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"Seldom do I get to enjoy a novel so wholly engrossing, so exquisitely researched, so timely. Sadeqa Johnson has brought a fresh telling to a story we think we already know, making it beautifully relatable and human. Riveting and suspenseful, I highly recommend this novel." - Kathleen Grissom

"Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson is a page-turner of a novel that is utterly transporting. Johnson's rich historical detail and enchanting prose sucked me into another world from the very first page. The book is a reminder that the inner lives of black women are as complicated as they are fascinating and make for some of the most affecting literature in American history. I loved it." - Attica Locke

"Yellow Wife is a heartbreaking stunner of a book. Johnson deftly creates a cast of characters based on real historical figures and events that transport the reader to the horrors of the slave trade of the pre-war South. Exquisitely researched and richly crafted. I was utterly riveted." - Aimie K Runyan

"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


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March 2021 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Yellow Wife
Author(s): Sadeqa Johnson
ISBN: 1-64358-826-5 / 978-1-64358-826-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point Pub
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January 2021 : Hardback
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Title: Yellow Wife
Author(s): Sadeqa Johnson
ISBN: 1-982149-10-8 / 978-1-982149-10-9
Publisher: Simon & Schuster USA
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Paperback Editions

January 2021 : Paperback
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Title: Yellow Wife: A Novel
Author(s): Sadeqa Johnson
ISBN: 1-982172-68-1 / 978-1-982172-68-8
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Audio Editions

January 2021 : Audio CD
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Title: The Yellow Wife: A Novel
Author(s): Sadeqa Johnson
ISBN: 1-79711-883-8 / 978-1-79711-883-3
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Publishing
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January 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Yellow Wife: A Novel
Author(s): Sadeqa Johnson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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January 2021 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Yellow Wife: A Novel
Author(s): Sadeqa Johnson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


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January 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Yellow Wife: A Novel
Author(s): Sadeqa Johnson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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