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The Darkest Child | [Delores Phillips]

The Darkest Child

Delores Phillips' heart-rending debut novel is set in 1950s Georgia where most of Rozelle Quinn's 10 children can pass as white. Her brightest child, Tangy Mae, however, has the darkest skin of them all, and she longs to continue her education. But Rozelle thinks it's time for 13-year-old Tangy Mae to follow in her own footsteps and earn money "cleaning for whites" and bedding men at the "Farmhouse."
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Delores Phillips' heart-rending debut novel is set in 1950s Georgia where most of Rozelle Quinn's 10 children can pass as white. Her brightest child, Tangy Mae, however, has the darkest skin of them all, and she longs to continue her education. But Rozelle thinks it's time for 13-year-old Tangy Mae to follow in her own footsteps and earn money "cleaning for whites" and bedding men at the "Farmhouse."

©2004 Delores Phillips; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Alysia Redondo Beach, CA, United States 02-28-12
    Alysia Redondo Beach, CA, United States 02-28-12 Member Since 2012

    Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.

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    "Not really resolved!"

    I read this book with my book club Mocha Girls Read and it was our selection for Black History Month. I have to say this was a hard read for me. I had a hard time getting caught up in all the craziness of the characters especially Rozelle aka Mama.

    Rozelle's character is an over dominating, bipolar woman who has ten kids by ten different men from working in the "farmhouse". I was slightly disturbed by the "we know but it ain't our business" attitude the various people took regarding her abusive behavior toward the kids. I have found that some of it really rang true in the Black community but this book slaps it in your face. Rozelle's best and only friend Ms. Pearl knows she is abusing her kids and does nothing but buy them a pair of white socks for their birthdays.

    This book is full of family drama steaming from Rozelle's crazy actions. She is the character that propels action in ever single person and sometimes lack of action.

    For me personally this book has too many characters and was missing the big climax. There were so many small climaxes in this book within various circles of people involved but nothing really happened as a result of all the drama. As Oprah would say, there was no big Aha! moment for the characters as a whole or the town.
    This was a great first time novel for Delores Phillips but the story was interesting in parts and missing something for me as a whole.

    The narrator did an AMAZING job of reading this book. I loved her voice and it suited this book, location and time period perfectly!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sunflower38 Sacramento, United States 10-13-11
    Sunflower38 Sacramento, United States 10-13-11

    KindleLvr

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    "I listened to first half then switched to the book"

    The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips is soul wrenching horrendous. One would never believe that a Mother could so deeply harm a child, let alone "10" of them, emotionally, spiritually, physically and mentally. Rozelle is a woman who is Pure Evil! She cares for no one, not even herself. Unfortunately, the reader never finds out why Rozelle is the way she is. She's hateful, spiteful, souless, and completely mental. She has 10 children by 10 different men. Most are as white as she is with one being what she calls "A Dummy" and the other "Dark as her tires". This is a Mother who pimps her sons and prostitutes her daughters.

    They lived in a small town in 50's and 60's back when there were signs of segregation and blacks were no longer slaves but instead paid slaves, maids. The people in the town had just grown accustomed to the way things were and weren't looking nor asking for change. And when one does he dissappears. There are many complex characters in this story. It is a page turner for sure. I just couldn't stop reading about this mass of disfunction.

    I was disheartened to learn that Ms. Phillips hasn't written another novel. I wouldn't have thought from the texture and complex nature of this novel, it was her first. I'm sure I wont forget this book any time soon. It is hard for me to write this review without giving away spoilers. There's just too much to tell. Pick this book up. You wont be dissappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    KayeTidwell SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 06-12-11
    KayeTidwell SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 06-12-11

    Miss Kaye

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    "LOVE LOVE LOVED IT!"

    THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS!
    I own the written copy but never got around to finishing it because I didn't have time to read. I bought the audio version and listened to it at work, in my car, in the gym and at home. I've listened to this book 3 times now. I was so impressed with the narrator. I laughed, cried and got angry listening to this book. Definitely got my monies worth with this book. A definite must have!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gil Los Angeles, CA, USA 10-27-13
    Gil Los Angeles, CA, USA 10-27-13 Member Since 2007
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    "outstanding."
    Where does The Darkest Child rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Love this story. I thought there weren't anymore stories like this . So glad to find this one.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Claudette Sherwood New Castle DE. 09-29-13
    Claudette Sherwood New Castle DE. 09-29-13 Member Since 2011

    Claudette Sherwood

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    "Very deep"
    What made the experience of listening to The Darkest Child the most enjoyable?

    The victory of Tangy May


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tangy May. Her her quickness that made her "somethin else"


    Which character – as performed by Lizzie Cooper – was your favorite?

    Tangy May and Ms. Pearl


    If you could rename The Darkest Child, what would you call it?

    Would not change a thing


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome and thought provoking.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Panthera Southern California 09-21-13
    Panthera Southern California 09-21-13 Member Since 2013

    Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God.

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    "One of the best books on Audible!"
    Would you listen to The Darkest Child again? Why?

    Yes! First of all Lizzie Cooper is fantastic as a narrator! The author, Delores Phillips, knows how to write! She keeps you hanging on chapter after chapter. It's hard not to finish this book in one session. It's that good!





    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Darkest Child?

    There are so many. Just watching the mother become more and more diabolical and her children doing whatever they can to survive is heart wrenching. There are many facets to this story and that's what keeps you totally immersed.


    What about Lizzie Cooper’s performance did you like?

    She is undoubtably one of the best narrators on Audible! She has the ability to become each of the characters. She takes on their personalities. I am looking for more books that she narratives.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are many. This book is an emotional roller coaster.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book! It's one of the best!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julie United States 08-25-13
    Julie United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I did not want this to end....."
    What made the experience of listening to The Darkest Child the most enjoyable?

    What an engrossing story. The combination of abuse, and the unfairness of living in America and being an African American in this era is so astounding. I wanted this child to take revenge on so many levels. She never really did, and that was a testament to her character, and how God moved in her. I look forward to more stories from this author!


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the money.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katie Peterborough, ON, Canada 08-11-13
    Katie Peterborough, ON, Canada 08-11-13 Member Since 2008

    Hello! I am someone that loves to read. I love a story with strong, intelligent characters that have a strong will to fight and survive.

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    "Incredible Story!"

    The Darkest Child was an amazing story! I fell in love with the main character Tangy Mae as she fight to get an education despite the many obstacle around her. Tangy Mae is a character with incredible strength and drive, who loves her family and will do anything for them despite the cost. It is a story of racism, poverty, abuse and survival. I loved this book, as it was very well written. It told a story that kept your attention and left you wanting more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dream Watauga, TX, United States 10-23-12
    Dream Watauga, TX, United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2011

    LIFE just happens that way sometimes!

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    "Through the Eyes of a Child"

    This book was so amazing and more than what I ever expected it to be. This book takes place in the era of the Civil Rights movement and is a realistic view from a outcast child. Tangy lives in a poor household with a single mother who has many children by different men. In the beginning she sees the world through a childs eyes and then certain circumstances and situations throughout the book make her wise beyond her years and makes her grow up faster then a child should grow. She is only 18 at the end of the book and you see she has a story to tell of a life you would never expect a child to go through. My favorite character in the book is Junior because this character made Tangy realize how smart she was and kept her mind on trying to better herself and her situation and was a great person for her to look up to. The Narrator also did an amazing job telling the story and making the audience feel as if they were a part of the story. I could see the scenes in my head and felt like I too was a child watching all the madness happening around me. Great book that I would recommend to everyone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ann coleman LEWISVILLE, TX, US 08-13-11
    ann coleman LEWISVILLE, TX, US 08-13-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantasic!"

    I could not wait to get in my car each morning and listen to this audio, I enjoyed this book so much, it stayed on my mind long after I finished it. The story just brings out all kinds of emotions in you. I would love to read more from this author, I highly recommend this book!!!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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