Every week over on Breaking the Spine, bloggers share the titles they’re most looking forward to. And this week, my pick is Allegedly due out soon in January.
I think it was Suzanne at The Bookish Libra that posted about this first, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind — in no small part to the desolate, mesmerising cover.
Here’s the blurb:
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.
It’s the last and the promise of exploring the grey areas when it comes to justice, family and truth. Is it her Momma that killed the baby? And who is the real Mary?
What do you think of Allegedly?