The House of Eve

Written by:
Sadeqa Johnson

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2023
10 hours 37 minutes
“Amazing…I was completely surprised by the ending of this beautifully told and written book.” —Reese Witherspoon

“A triumph of historical fiction” (The Washington Post), an instant New York Times bestseller, and a Reese’s Book Club pick, 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. 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.
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Latoya L.

This book follows the lives of Ruby and Eleanor. Both Black women who are in love with men they aren't supposed to be with. One marries (Eleanor), and the other (Ruby) gets pregnant, and his mother pays her off to leave, give her baby up, and she'd pay for her to attend college. Ruby is only 15 and the first in her family to attend college. She meets a white man, and his mother pays her off cause there is no way she's having a Black grandchild. Eleanor meets William at Howard University and falls head over hills. But William is from a prestigious black family, and Eleanor is poor. Now, this takes place in the 50s in Philadelphia. They both quickly are to explore what it means to be Black, a mother, and what it takes to achieve their greatest goal, whether it be motherhood, college, love, or belonging. So many things were addressed in this read. The way the women collide in the end shapes the rest of their lives, and finally, they get what they want or do they? #Book4of2023 #Bookworm #Whatsnext

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This was an excellent book. Well written and I could not stop listening until I was complete.

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Judy P.

I enjoyed listening to this book. It makes you cringe some when you hear about the past and realize that that’s how people really lived!!! But the ending will make you want book #2. The start of a great series!!!

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Moving story beautifully narrated.

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Christopher A.

This author is new to me. I read The Yellow Wife and, given its historical accuracy and nuance, found it to be an amazing story. I needed more from Ms. Johnson and listened to The House of Eve. Another great book by the author. Ms. Johnson’s attention to history and the voices of marginalized Black women creates a richly woven fabric of characters appropriately placed in the era in which they live.

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Anita S.

This is a beautifully written account, that while fiction is birthed from the reality of so many women, and, secrets forced upon the lives of so many intertwined races, genders, economic and social levels, as well as the institution of the Catholic Church. The writer’s note to the reader is invaluable and appreciated..

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Rosalind G.

Great story, great narrator. I couldn’t stop listening.

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Lisa B.

Great book! Loved the characters! Didn’t want to put this book down!

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Jolene L.

I absolutely LOVED this story and the narrator did such an AMAZING job!! I wanted more.

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Paola B.

I loved this book. The characters are so well written and the narration is wonderful.

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I was hooked from the beginning. This book was amazing worth every bit of my time

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Karla H.

Loved this audio book and the narration was awesome!! I enjoy historical fiction.

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Fast reading/enjoyable Accounts of history needing to be highlighted..:.secrets /deceptions. We can’t move forward unless we loosen the shackles of our minds.

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Marian C.

Great story although a heavy one but one needed to be told.

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Kristen N.

This is such a great read/listen. The narrators are so good and gave life to a story that should be read and heard no other way. I loved the historical question and the authors note at the end. My mother was a ‘sent away’ woman of the wrong color and this book made me feel a sense of understanding and gratefulness. Everyone should read this

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Jeanette F.

Loved the story how it intertwined. The narrator was perfect for the story.

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