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And Then There Was Me: A Novel of Friendship, Secrets and Lies
By: Sadeqa Johnson
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(as of: 12/15/17)
Manufacturer: Thomas Dunne Books
ISBN: 1250074169
Publication Date: 2017-04-11
Release Date 2017-04-11
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Bea and Awilda have been best friends from the moment Awilda threw her fourteen year-old self across Bea’s twin-sized bed as if they had known each other forever. Bubbly, adventurous Awilda taught sheltered, shy Bea how to dress, wear her hair and what to do with boys. She even introduced Bea to her husband, Lonnie, in college, who pledged to take good care of her for the rest of their lives. But philanderer Lonnie breaks that promise over and over again, leaving Bea to wrestle with her self-esteem and long time secret addiction.

Recently Lonnie has plopped the family in a New Jersey upper class suburb, which lacks the diversity that Bea craves but has the school district and zip code envy that Lonnie wants. The demands of carrying a third child and fitting into this new environment while pretending that her husband is not cheating on her again, is more than she can handle. And just when she thinks things can’t get any worst, the ultimate deception snaps the little thread that was holding her life together and all comes tumbling down.

Sadeqa Johnson's And Then There Was Me is the story of love and friendship, heartache and betrayal. It’s the journey of a woman stripped down to her lowest point and needing to find the will to press on.



Bea Colon is selfless and giving. Married to Lonnie and mother to Chico and Alana, Bea lives in a beautiful home in an upscale New Jersey town and goes overboard to do things for others. Now pregnant, she is a surrogate mother for Lonnie's cousin who is unable to have children. Though Bea's mother and best friend, Awilda, believe Bea has everything anyone could ask for, she carries the secret of being bulimic.

No one knows of her condition; not even Awilda. Bea is embarrassed to disclose her ailment, though her doctor is aware and tries to help but Bea is adamant she can conquer this on her own.

Lonnie is the primary reason for her becoming bulimic. Ruggedly handsome, Bea loves him unreservedly in spite of his faults. He insists they live in the upper-class community though Bea feels it lacks diversity. Lonnie is a master manipulator who always manages to get what he wants.

Bea forgives Lonnie his many prior infidelities, especially the one that produced a son they are supporting, but as her pregnancy progresses, she senses he is running around again. Soon she discovers the truth. Feelings of betrayal envelop Bea making her realize she cannot continue this sham of a marriage. Her illness worsens along with her self-esteem, and she understands it's up to her to change things and stop being Lonnie's door mat.

Flashbacks to Bea's childhood allow the reader to understand her current angst as she gains the strength to persevere and be true to herself. Well-written and thought-provoking with complex characters, Ms. Johnson delves into the heart of women's emotions.

 

 
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