ALLEGEDLY by TIFFANY D. JACKSON
Mary B. Addison killed a baby.
Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a church-going black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.
Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home.
There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary?
In this gritty and haunting debut, Tiffany D. Jackson explores the grey areas in our understanding of justice, family, and truth, and acknowledges the light and darkness alive in all of us.
REASONS WHY I NEED
This book has slowly been gaining buzz throughout the book community and after seeing some rave reviews from people I trust I had to but this on the top of my list. 2017 is looking like it will be a great year for the book community with all of these amazing debuting book by great authors. Allegedly being one of them.
Secondly, I’m all about supporting diversity and inclusivity in the book community. What better way than with my dollars and writing reviews and promoting all the wonderful books that are there?
Lastly, I want to see how this author treats and handles the complexities that is race, gender and inequality in her debut book. Something you don’t see too much in YA. I glad folks are feeling a bit more comfortable talking about injustice. We still have a lot of ways to go. But reading about it is book form is a start. Even if it fictional, there are truths within. I know this gem of a book will get all the praise it rightly deserves.
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