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This startling, stunning debut novel by a young African-American writer offers a hard-edged portrait of life on the streets of Oakland, California. Seventeen-year-old Angie was a good girl until she met Jesus, an attractive, smooth-talking pimp with a heart of steel, who lures her into working for him. Changing Angie's name to Peaches, Jesus introduces her in heartbreaking tragedy, her son, Jason, must decide whether to continue this legacy or to stop the cycle of hopelessness and violence that threatens to swallow his own life as well.

Beautifully told in alternating voices that ring vibrantly true, this novel captures with exquisite honesty the brutality and humanity of the streets.

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Monique W. Morris is a senior research associate with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. For several years she has led national efforts to address racial disparities in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. She has made presentations on the subject to the NAACP, the American Society on Criminology's Division on People of Color and Crime, and the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus. She holds a B.A. and an M.S. from Columbia University. A writer, an accomplished artist, and a public speaker, Ms. Morris resides in Oakland, California, with her husband, Gregory. This is her first novel.

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