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By Mary Monroe

New York Times bestselling writer Mary Monroe sweeps readers again to the streets, porches, and parlors of civil rights-era Ohio to deliver to lifestyles the 1st steps of an everlasting friendship among women from contrary facets of the song. . .

Annette Goode is a shy, awkward, obese baby with a bad mystery. anxious and ashamed, Annette withdraws right into a international of books and meals. however the summer season Annette turns 13, whatever amazing occurs: Rhoda Nelson chooses her as a chum. wonderful, beneficiant Rhoda, who's every thing Annette is not--gorgeous, slender, and worldly--welcomes Annette into the guts of her eccentric kin, including her good-looking and dignified father;her wonderful, fragile "Muh'Dear;" her brooding, harmful brother Jock;and her colourful white relatives--half-crazy Uncle Johnny, sultry Aunt Lola, and frightening, surly Granny Goose.

With Rhoda's support, Annette survives youth and blossoms as a lady. but if her appealing ally makes a beautiful confession a few awful youth crime, Annette's global is simply not the same.

"A coming-of-age trip depicted with wit, poignancy and bite." --Publishers Weekly

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I always had to sit on the smaller one. In the living room we had a couch with a floral design. It was clean and comfortable, but both arms were about to fall off. Things like coffee tables and lamps were not only luxury items but cumbersome. When we left a place it was usually in such a hurry we only left with what we could carry. We slept on the bedroom floor in our clothes until a preacher gave us a stained mattress, a ripped sheet, and a blanket that was so old and worn you could see through it.

Girl, Miss Rosa can do whatever she want. She white. ” Mama and Daddy had me believing we were as good as anybody else, so it confused me when I got scolded for sassing or upsetting somebody white. Every time I got comfortable in a particular situation, we moved and I had to start all over again. Our rootless existence was the only life I had ever known. I was used to it, but I didn’t like it. It made me feel like I was different from other kids in a way I didn’t understand, and it made me feel like I didn’t belong anywhere.

Just take your time gettin’ back…” I took my time getting back from the store, but it wasn’t enough time away for me to miss what Mama was up to. I was sitting in the living room, gnawing on candy bars with Mott, when Mama stumbled from upstairs with two fat white men. Both of them were hugging her. She looked at me, then looked away real quick. ” She shooed the men toward a back room and rushed up to me. ” “I didn’t see anything, Mama,” I told her. Even if I had seen “something,” I would not have known what I was seeing.

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