The Darkest Child

The Darkest Child

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by Delores Phillips
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1569473781

ISBN-13: 9781569473788

Pub. Date: 01/01/2005

Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated

Rozelle Quinn is so fair-skinned that she can pass for white. Her ten children are mostly light, too. They constitute the only world she rules and controls. Her power over them is all she has in an otherwise cruel and uncaring universe.

Rozelle favors her light-skinned kids, but Tangy Mae, 13, her darkest-complected child, is the brightest. She desperately wants

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Rozelle Quinn is so fair-skinned that she can pass for white. Her ten children are mostly light, too. They constitute the only world she rules and controls. Her power over them is all she has in an otherwise cruel and uncaring universe.

Rozelle favors her light-skinned kids, but Tangy Mae, 13, her darkest-complected child, is the brightest. She desperately wants to continue with her education. Her mother, however, has other plans. Rozelle wants her daughter to work cleaning houses for whites, like she does, and accompany her to the “Farmhouse,” where Rozelle earns extra money bedding men. Tangy Mae, she’s decided, is of age.

This is the story from an era when life’s possibilities for an African-American were unimaginably different.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569473788
Publisher:
Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2005
Pages:
462
Sales rank:
53,887
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.18(h) x 1.08(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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The Darkest Child 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 229 reviews.
LIV2read More than 1 year ago
I read this book when it came out 7 years ago. I can't tell you how many copies I bought to give away because I wasn't letting go of mine! The story is beautifully and well written. The subject matter, the totally heartless mother and the abuse of her daughter, Tangy, will break your heart and keep you turning pages. You don't want to believe that people that evil exist. And you want better for Tangy Mae. Ms. Phillips pulls you into her story. Her writing left me wanting more. I just recently read it again, and it is even more powerful the second time. This book begs to be a book club selection because you need to talk with someone about it after you read it!
deseree young More than 1 year ago
I am usually a Zane lover but to come across a book such as this one has shift my love into a different direction. The Darkest Child is such a good book and the ending was what I had hoped for. I recommend this to all book lovers as you will not be displeased
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was was sooooo good. It had me laughing, crying, feeling some kind of ways...I shouted out, I couldn't put it down ..it was great. I wish the author had other novels
EffieTX More than 1 year ago
I was blown away by this book.... I didn't just read it.. I LIVED it... It was wonderful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author has written a gripping and powerful story of family, poverty, abuse and love. Definitely a five star read that will engage the reader cover to cover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book but it may not be for the faint at heart. This book touches on so many issues, mostly bad. I really felt for the children and just had a feeling of wanting to help somehow. This is how I know this was an awesome book because the characters seemed so real and just had me so drawn in. There were some nights I went to bed thinking about it. It really touched home because I've either experienced or known of others who have come across one or more of these types of issues...whether it's poverty, physical or mental abuse, mental illness, or children being given up or disowned by a parent. All of those issues going on in a time of racial segragation in a small country town makes a great page turner. I read as much as I could every day...finished within a week. Great job Delores Phillips.
Daenel More than 1 year ago
This book is quite possibly one of the most disturbing books I've read. And that's why I gave it 4 stars. Any book that grab and twist my emotions is a winner. I wanted to stop reading it ~ the abuse scenes were cringe worthy. Not just the physical aspects, but the mental aspects... a part of me just kept asking myself if there are really kids who are living under these conditions and I know there are which made this story all the more compelling. Tangy and her siblings are sympathetically written. They have hopes and dreams, the need to be loved... All of this despite everything that their mother did to them. I like that the end of the book was open ended, instead of wrapped in a neat little package. Phillips debut novel is definitely an emotional journey not for the faint of heart. I would recommend this novel for book discussion groups because of the varied topics: race relations, child abuse, color issues within the black community, poverty and education. Just be prepared to put the book down and walk away for a few minutes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A phenomenal read! Loved this book!
Anonymous 14 days ago
Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A gripping and powerful story...a definite must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But disturbing
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Walker69 More than 1 year ago
This is my second time reading this book & It still knocks me off my feet! The imagery is one of a kind. This is a must buy!
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I have read this book 4 times that says it all
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K-G-B More than 1 year ago
I have never read this author before and I purchased the book due to so many rave reviews on it from a book club. It took me about a month to finish the book with is extremely unusual for me. I found the story line to be very slow without any type of plot. However, the abuse that the children endured due to their mother who had a mental illness is unbelievable. There were several times where I had to put the book down and to stop reading because I was overcome with so many emotions. This is a heavy read with dark experiences that these kids had to endure. Kristie Gardner-Bonner
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This book was great!!!! I couldn't put it down. One of the best books I have ever read. Can't wait for Phillips' next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real page turner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book definitly deserves more then 5 stars.
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