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Second House from the Corner: A Novel of Marriage, Secrets, and Lies Hardcover – February 9, 2016
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"So good." ―Jennifer Weiner, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Sadeqa Johnson should take a bow for her latest effort. Fans of 2011's Love in a Carry-On Bag, her first offering, will devour every word." -Essence
"Rich with complex characters, this novel goes beyond a story of frazzled motherhood. The first-person narrative reads like a warm conversation, and the pace stays sharp and steady." -Romantic Times
"Johnson is a skilled storyteller with a breezy style, and the journey of Felicia, a strong African American woman, will have particular appeal for Terry McMillan fans." -Booklist
“Felicia is a protagonist that you’ll laugh with and cry for.” –Pride
"A captivating tale to savor about a woman whose buried past threatens her picture perfect family life. Felicia is a wonderfully flawed, compelling main character, one who has stayed with me long after I finished the book. A winning novel from a writer to watch." -Benilde Little, bestselling author
"Sadeqa is a wonderful writer. We think you'll really enjoy this book." -Troy Johnson, AALBC.com
"I loved Second House from the Corner. Sadeqa was totally in my head at some times (with the mommy stuff!), and I found the ending really, really satisfying. Well earned." -23 Books You Should Read This Winter, Brenda Janowitz, PopSugar
"I loved the characters that Sadeqa Johnson created. The relationship between Faye and Preston was so loving and sexy and Johnson perfectly played out the typical male reaction when he finds that the woman he placed on a pedestal isn't the angel he always believed her to be. I also enjoyed Faye's relationships with her kids - the mature Rory, the needy middle child Twyla (and I loved her nickname, Two) and baby Liv. The author outdid herself with this book and I can't wait to see what she puts out next." -Read in Colour (4 stars)
"[An] excellent novel. She nails those days of rearing young children, how it's deeply rewarding and blindingly frustrating." -NJ.com
About the Author
SADEQA JOHNSON is a former public relations manager who spent years working with well-known authors such as J.K. Rowling, Bebe Moore Campbell, Amy Tan, and Bishop T.D. Jakes before becoming an author herself. Her debut novel, Love in a Carry-On Bag was hailed by Ebony.com as “this summer’s hottest read.” It was the recipient of the 2013 Phillis Wheatley award for Best Fiction and the 2012 USA Best Book award for African-American Fiction. Originally from Philadelphia, Sadeqa Johnson currently resides in Virginia with her husband and three children. Second House from the Corner is her second novel.
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Immediately this book generated feelings in me, initially wonder at why in the world Bea was still married to Lonnie. I still did not get it, personally as Johnson peeled back the layers but it made sense based on how well the character, Bea and her issues were drawn.
The book has something for many readers; there is the thread of marriage, parenting, dealing with self-esteem and eating issues and the chord that trembles in holding together relationships of all types. The characters are developed in such a way this reader came away recognizing how we often maneuver our way through life, excusing and accepting so many things that can be utterly soul destroying.
Sadequa Johnson has a gift for peeling away layers and revealing what actually goes on in suburban life as opposed to what it looks like.
Angelia Vernon Menchan