In a deteriorating Baltimore rowhouse, viewpoints clash.
Shawanda, a single mother, struggles to raise her four- year-old son, Donte. (He's nicknamed Precious Baby by his maternal grandmother, Lena, who helps raise him.)
Shawanda soon gets emotional and financial help from her new boyfriend, Aaron. All Aaron wants in return is respect. But Lena doesn't care for his attitude. After all, he's not even the baby's daddy. On a snow-littered evening, provoked by Lena's reminders and the boy's rebellion, Aaron loses it, and beats Precious.
Shawanda is angry at Aaron. Lena is outraged, and immediately does something that will send Shawanda's world spinning.
Meanwhile, across the city, social worker Margaret has a sister who mockingly calls her the Mother Teresa of Baltimore. Sure, Margaret attends mass every Sunday - and spends Saturday evenings with her mother. Single, childless, over thirty and desperate, she's about to do things that will shame her family.
Paperback: 274 pages
Publisher: Zomay Press (December 2003)
Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces