Author Sadeqa Johnson to discuss new novel ‘Yellow Wife’ Jan. 27

January 19, 2021

The Lewes Public Library and Browseabout Books will welcome author Sadeqa Johnson for a live, online discussion of her new historical novel “Yellow Wife” at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, via Zoom.

Johnson will converse with Kate Quinn, a bestselling author of historical fiction including “The Alice Network,” “The Huntress,” and “The Rose Code.” 

“Yellow Wife” follows the life of Pheby Delores Brown as she unexpectedly finds herself thrust into the hell of slavery at the infamous Devil’s Half Acre, a jail in Richmond, Va., 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 will face the ultimate sacrifice.

The discussion is free to the public. Registration is required via the Lewes Public Library's Virtual Programs for Adults page.

Participants also are encouraged to support the author by purchasing a copy of the book from local independent bookstore Browseabout Books. Each copy purchased comes with an archival bookplate signed by the author. Orders may be placed online at, by calling the store at 302-226-2665, or in person at 133 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach.

Sadeqa Johnson is the author of four novels, a Kimbilio Fellow, and winner of the National Book Club Award, the Phillis Wheatley Book Award and the USA Best Book Award for Best Fiction.

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