Posted on February 1, 2019 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Parents will go to incredible lengths to provide for their children.

Consider those who sent their kids away to strangers to save them from the Nazis.

Or those who brewed bathtub gin during the overlap of the Great Depression and Prohibition.

For novelist and filmmaker Bridgett M. Davis, the dramatic maternal love came in the form of an underground gambling operation.

Davis’s mother, Fannie, ran a numbers racket from her dining room table in Detroit during the 1960s, to help support the family.

It was illegal, but, Davis told NPR’s Scott Simon, her mother was well-known for running an honest operation.

And without a doubt, it changed the family's economic future for the better.

Davis has written a memoir about the family’s experience, The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers, which she recently discussed on Weekend Edition.  

You can listen to her interview below or read the transcript on NPR’s website.

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