By Diane McKinney-Whetstone
Neena's mom, Freeda, disappeared on a chilly February morning in 1984, leaving the fifteen-year-old Neena and her more youthful sister, Tish, within the care of Nan, their stern grandmother. 20 years later, Neena—no longer dwelling in Philadelphia—supports herself by way of blackmailing married males. Returning to her adolescence domestic while a sting is going extraordinarily flawed, she avoids her grandmother whereas trying to pull one final hustle on a fashionable neighborhood legal professional. yet studying that Tish has been hospitalized with being pregnant issues forces Neena to return to phrases with the girl who raised her and the reality concerning the girl who deserted her. As Neena, Tish, and Nan reunite, each one confronts her personal thoughts of the earlier and desires for the longer term.
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