by Sadeqa Johnson

What a book! Listened to this one on audiobook and it was so good. The writing is exquisite and lingers in the mind. Historical fiction at its best. There are two main characters, both black women in the 1950s. One from Philadelphia, another originally from the Midwest, but attending Howard University in Washington DC. Both have hopes and dreams that get squandered in different ways along their journey to achieving their goals in life, career and family. Their stories exist independently of each other, but you know that they’re going to intersect at some point and the anticipation of that keeps you turning the pages fast and furious.

The book deals with racism, classism, colorism, the plight of women at that time, reproductive rights, and other important issues that serve as the underpinnings for a very well-written and engrossing story.