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Critical Praise

"As in Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, Manning gets past the stereotypes by becoming part of the life of someone who is struggling. . . . [She] writes with great love for the family of Raina, Jade, Darren, and Deven. Each person, even the youngest child, is an individual with a personality, a sense of humor, and a quality that makes the reader cherish them. If you don't cry for Deven and his family by the end of the book, your tear ducts must have frozen. But the book is also funny, self-deprecating, honest, well-written, and not the least bit maudlin."--- Islander (Sanibel Island, FL)"This is a touching, often amusing look at genuine friendship, overcoming racial barriers, and the spiritual and psychological struggle to triumph over difficulties."--- Booklist