Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson
Pheby is born into slavery, but because of who her father is, grows up believing her ultimate path will be different than other slaves. This poor young woman is victimized at every turn. The book description refers to the Underground Railroad, and I anxiously awaited the portion of the book plotting her escape. I wanted to see justice in any measure for her.
In the tradition of Wench and Twelve Years a Slave, 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 Brown was promised her freedom on her eighteenth birthday. But when her birthday finally comes around, instead of the idyllic life she was hoping for with her true love, she finds herself thrust into the bowels of slavery at the infamous Devil’s Half-Acre, a jail where slaves are broken, tortured, and sold every day. Forced to become the mistress of the brutal man who owns the jail, Pheby faces the ultimate sacrifice to protect her heart in this powerful, thrilling story of one slave’s fight for freedom.