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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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    mayola sacramento, United States Minor Outlying Islands 03-19-14
    mayola sacramento, United States Minor Outlying Islands 03-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "it was beautiful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Darkest Child to be better than the print version?

    these was my first listen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    MAXS THE YOUNGER BOTHER, ALSO TANGIE, MESHO. ALL OF THEM


    Have you listened to any of Lizzie Cooper’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I WILL HAVE TO LISTEN I HAVE NOT YET


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES


    Any additional comments?

    IT MADE ME CRY LAUGH GET MADE VERY SAD BUT SO TRUE FOR SOME FAMILIES EVEN TO DAY WHO HAS TO LIVE THIS WAY. MOTHER'S NOT KNOWING HOW TO REALLY LOVE THEIR CHILDEREN . CHILDREN SO AFARIAD THAT THEY WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR THEIR MOTHER AND SIBLINGS, EVEN WHEN IT'S WRONG. DIRT SHAMEFUL. AND FIRIGHTEN. NOT KNOWING WHO YOUR FATHER IS. EXPERIENCEING ABUSE IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE AND BELIVE IT IS LOVE OR MY FAULT I DESERVED IT ARE TO HATE HATE SO STRONG I KILL

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    chasidyross Euless, Tx, United States 05-03-13
    chasidyross Euless, Tx, United States 05-03-13
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    "Im still in AWE!"
    Would you listen to The Darkest Child again? Why?

    Yes, a million times! This was an awesome story, hated for it to end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Mussie. Her character is older and shows the true outcome of most people who have lived the life she lived.


    If you could take any character from The Darkest Child out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Tan out. She is intelligent and I would love to teach her so much more!


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    Beverly Pasadena, US, Canada 11-19-12
    Beverly Pasadena, US, Canada 11-19-12 Member Since 2009
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    What did you love best about The Darkest Child?

    This story is a very dark read. It is amazing to see what an abusive mother can do to a family. The mother had 10 children and kept most of them under her spell, even though she had her favorites, she abused her children, and sold out her daughters to men for money and favors. This story kept you wanting more, trying to see if the children would ever get away or stand up to her.


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

    I was devistated when the mother threw baby Judy off of the porch and she died. She then made it seem as though the baby slipped out of her hands. All of the children knew the truth and most of the people in town, but no one said a word or no one saved the other children.


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    Kell Statesboro, GA, United States 11-18-12
    Kell Statesboro, GA, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2009

    It you don't like...change it!

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    "Good book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Darkest Child to be better than the print version?

    Love the audio version


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book stayed on my mind a few days after I finished.


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    valerie newport news, VA, United States 07-14-12
    valerie newport news, VA, United States 07-14-12 Member Since 2011

    I am an avid reader! Now I guess an avid Listener. I am addicted to Audible, and love how it keeps me focused when I am trying to get my work done. I am also a really fun kids entertainer... some Adults too!

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    "Tragic Story of a down trodden people"

    I could not put this book away! I listened and listened I cried, laughed and yelled at many of the characters in this book. Despite the tragedies and there are many , I really loved the ending.

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    Koreen Kozlowski 05-26-12
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    I found this story to be shocking. I was astounded by the mother's behavior. Really, it was hard to stop listening. I found the end to be satisfying also.

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    thatssocute KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 05-25-12
    thatssocute KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    This was a good read. Could not believe the devil mother. Did not like the end.

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    Amazon Customer New Jersey 11-13-11
    Amazon Customer New Jersey 11-13-11 Member Since 2010

    Uptown Girl's Harlem Book Club

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    "Fantastic!"

    One of the best audiobooks I've listened to.... This was a truly remarkable story as well as narration. I had to read it twice. The characters and the plot was well developed. This is a definite must-read. However, be prepared, this story is very disturbing.

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    Nancy Patterson SAN DIEGO, CA, US 08-01-10
    Nancy Patterson SAN DIEGO, CA, US 08-01-10 Member Since 2008
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    "The Darkest Story"

    I found this story to be mildly disturbing with no true redemption for any of the characters.

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    Apple St. Thomas, VI, United States 05-05-10
    Apple St. Thomas, VI, United States 05-05-10
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    "I didn't want this book to end!"

    I didn't want this book to end, I really enjoyed it that much. I found myself swept into the lives of main character and her dysfunctional family (What a mother, but I pity her). It give me an insight to the cold life and desperate mentality of others before me, and a sense of appreciation for my own life today. I felt so many emotions, happy, sad, angry, amused, disgusted, relief... but never bored, nor confused with that deep poetic type brain riddling writing. I really appreciated Phillips smoothe writing. The narrator did an excellent job and made it even better! This would make an awesome movie or TV special. I can see myself listening to this book again. I highly recommend!

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