Janae Marks

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​​Janae Marks has an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Writing for Children from The New School. She grew up in the suburbs of New York City, and now lives in Connecticut with her husband and daughter. From the Desk of Zoe Washington is her debut novel.

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"SO STINKING GOOD. SO NECESSARY. SO POWERFUL. A+++++

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“But there was a tiny voice in the back of my brain. It told me to remember what I read in The Wrongfully Convicted, and in my research about the Innocence Project. It told me that Susan Thomas was out there somewhere, and she still might’ve seen Marcus that day. It told me not to lose hope. Not yet.”
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“Grandma took a deep breath. “For the past couple of months, I’ve helped Zoe send letters to Marcus. Now, before you—” “You what?” Mom yelled, looking back and forth between Grandma and me. I kept my mouth shut. “You had no right!” Mom said to Grandma. Grandma crossed her arms. “A daughter should be able to know her father, even if he is in prison.” “Father.” Mom laughed. “You’re kidding, right?” “Now, listen. You never gave him a chance to be a dad to Zoe.” “As if you don’t know why!” Mom said, lifting her hands in the air. “I mean, seriously, Mom.”
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“You can’t tell me you believe Marcus is guilty of murder. This is Marcus, the boy you used to love. I know he broke your heart, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve to know his own daughter.” “If you ever, ever go behind my back like that again,” Mom said slowly, “I will not let you see Zoe anymore. Do you hear me?”
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