Hush Money

How One Woman Proved Systemic Racism in her Workplace and Kept her Job

Fiction - Social Issues
146 Pages
Reviewed on 11/15/2020
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Author Biography

Jacquie Abram had a career in higher education that she was very good at & that she enjoyed. A career that paid her an income, which as a single mother of two girls was the only income, that allowed her to not only provide for her family, but also pay her bills. A career that spanned nearly two decades & by any measure should’ve been a successful career. But it wasn’t. Because throughout her career, Jacquie experienced racism in the workplace, not the kind you see in a lot of movies, books, and TVs shows about racism that occurred decades ago during a time when it was more overt & easily spotted, but the kind of racism that is more covert, hidden, & harder to prove.

And so her career was derailed multiple times by multiple employers & she suffered racial trauma that, to this day, she has not fully recovered from. And when the same thing happened to others including both of her girls after they began careers of their own, she pulled herself out of corporate America, wrote HUSH MONEY, a book inspired by true events & co-authored by her girls, & began selling it from the trunk of her car in March 2021 to provide employers with a better way to understand racism, provide employees with a better way to fight it & survive the battle, and provide allies with a better way to see and feel the FULL impact of modern-day racism .

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite

Hush Money by Deborah Harris, Jaquie Abram, and Delilah Harris is an explosive novel that focuses on systemic racism. All Ebony, a black woman, ever wanted was to have a decent and steady source of income, to take care of her mother and son. Her dream came true, or so she thought, when she was offered the role of secretary at Daebrun Career Institute. However, her second boss, Ms. Kelly, was racist and made Ebony’s life a living hell, which started the bullying trend. There’s only so much that one person can take, especially when she carries the burden of her mom’s failing health. She’s left with three options; become the poster girl for pity, give up her job and run away, or take these bullies head-on!

Reading Hush Money by Deborah Harris, Jacquie Abram, and Delilah Harris gave me the chills. People of color go through some of the worst working conditions in the corporate world. I thank the authors for putting this issue in the spotlight and weaving a fantastic story around it. The plot was ironclad, the writing style was engaging, and the dialogues had depth, evoking in me a cocktail of emotions. I read this book in one sitting because the suspense had me engrossed. I loved the character development, especially the main protagonist. She was the strength that every other person needed, but she broke down so many times, showing that she was human. This book shows me that humans are equal regardless of race, color, language, and creed. Hush Money deserves to have a sequel.


I appreciated the “Never give up” spirit of this amazing book. It’s a story of sorrow and hostility and then hope and triumph!

Paul Sorum

A really good read. The methods used to document and track racially discrimination in this story are vitally important to understand. The work ethic and faith that motivated the main character, Ebony, in fighting and winning in the face of such evil hatred is inspiring. A must read.