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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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    C. Byrnes Kissimmee, FL United States 12-15-09
    C. Byrnes Kissimmee, FL United States 12-15-09 Member Since 2008

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    "Very poignant"

    I had to stop listening a few times because the story was so sad. However, well worth the credit or price.

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    Odell Bryant 04-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Breath taken!!!!!!with the ability to take and hol"

    hold until you suffocate under anticipation of interest,this book evokes all of your emotions without mercy

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    Rhonda Jackson 04-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I wished for a different ending."

    I wished for a different ending but this book held me captive for 5 days. It still left me with unanswered questions but it was a great book.

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    Carla Hawkins 04-02-15 Member Since 2007
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    "What a Story!"

    I really enjoyed the narration and I hope there is a part II. I did not care for the ending. I felt like there should have been more.

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    RiahWillow Thompsons Station, TN, United States 03-29-15
    RiahWillow Thompsons Station, TN, United States 03-29-15 Member Since 2012

    One could say my tastes in books are nonsequators because I have no favorite author or genre. I hold over 300 books in my audible library

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    "Great narration awesome story"

    This story was hard at points and made me want to hate the mom but I found that I felt sorry for her more and more. The main character in this book made me jump for joy at the end and want more!

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    Denise Maryland 03-26-15
    Denise Maryland 03-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Heart Warming"

    I found this book to hit home on either myself or some one I have come in contact with in different levels. Some parts, not all, related to myself and some others in my life.

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    NTC 03-17-15
    NTC 03-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Just okay."
    What did you like best about The Darkest Child? What did you like least?

    The book had a decent/good plot but seemed to never become fully developed. There were way too many characters introduced in the book without expanding a great deal on all of their lives.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Delores Phillips? Why or why not?

    I would be willing to try another book written by this author. But I do like more character/plot development in my reading.


    What aspect of Lizzie Cooper’s performance would you have changed?

    It was okay.


    Could you see The Darkest Child being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    If the Darkest child was a movie there would be more time for character development which would end up a very good story. I could see Rozy (mom) being played by Vanessa Williams and Tangy Mae being played by Kee Kee Palmer


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-24-15
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    "GREAT STORY"

    Loved Loved Loved it. listen to it back to back. would have like to have known what TangyMay did with her life.

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    donna 02-06-15
    donna 02-06-15
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    "Thought Provoking!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Darkest Child the most enjoyable?

    The unbelievability of the human condition.


    Any additional comments?

    As it is so that there is nothing new under this sun, one is left wondering where on this earth did this take place. The reading of this book is mesmerizing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jocelynn KENT, WA, United States 11-14-14
    Jocelynn KENT, WA, United States 11-14-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Emotional Roller Coaster Listen"
    What does Lizzie Cooper bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is very animated and she bought all the characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very good book.. I laughed, got mad, sometimes scared, and then happy. Kudos to the author for a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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