Warren’s Her Secret Life is the sobering tale of Onika Lewis, a young woman who can’t seem to escape her past.
A smart and beautiful liar, Onika excels and earns a full scholarship to the prestigious Robinson University. Determined to leave her drug addict mother and bible-thumping grandmother behind, she uses a nickname and makes sure everyone she encounters believes her mother is dead. Luck, she’s long given up on blessings, places Onika in a dorm-room with Chelsea Richard, the daughter of a prominent African-American power couple.
For years, Onika lives the life she imagined. Onika moves to DC with a wealthy, self-proclaimed player, who dumps her for another woman. Onika’s fear of returning to her poverty-stricken roots comes true when she finds herself penniless and homeless. A chance encounter with a mysterious woman leads her to shelter, love, and a family she thought she’d never have. Onika’s realizes that facing the past will allow her to embrace the present.
Tiffany Warren’s eloquent, thoughtful prose inspires through succinct storytelling and evolved characters.