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Jade is a thirteen year old African-American girl living in North Philadelphia during the transition from gang wars to drug kingpins. A product of a catholic school education and respectability politics for a “good” black girl, she is struggling to maintain her perfectly pressed hair, making sure her knees touch when she sits and speaking softly and only when spoken too.

The summer brings changes to her body, her family and the way she views the world.

Her favorite person on the planet, the only person who “sees” her, her Great Grandmother, Maris,  is lost to her due to dementia. When Jade is asked to help care for Maris, she is excited to spend her days eating buttery biscuits with syrup and playing ‘go fish’. . She has no idea how much this summer spent with her Great Grandmother will change her.

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