Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. She didnt 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 churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldnt say. Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isnt really homeno 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 wasnt a point to setting the record straight before, but now shes got Tedand their unborn childto 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 does anyone know the real Mary? In this gritty and haunting debut, Tiffany D. Jackson explores the gray areas in our understanding of justice, family, and truth, acknowledging the light and darkness alive in all of us.