Tiffany D. Jackson

Tiffany D. Jackson is a TV professional by day, novelist by night, awkward black girl 24/7. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film from Howard University (Washington, D.C.) and her Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School University (New York City). She is a Brooklyn native; a lover of naps, cookie dough and beaches; and currently resides in the borough she loves with her adorable chihuahua Oscar. She's most likely multitasking. You can visit her online at




Walter Dean Myers’s Monster meets E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars in this smart, gritty, and haunting YA debut in which Mary Addison—a teen girl who was convicted of an unspeakable crime at age nine—must find her voice to fight the past and tell what really happened that fateful night.

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, acknowledging the light and darkness alive in all of us.