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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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Publisher's Summary

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

    Christine

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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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    chris 07-28-15
    chris 07-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "This was a great book."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    this book had a great story.


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

    The crazy mom.


    What about Cherise Boothe’s performance did you like?

    it was good.


    Was The Darkest Child worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    It was great wish I could find more books like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Washington, DC, United States 07-05-15
    Wendy Washington, DC, United States 07-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story and Narration"
    Would you listen to The Darkest Child again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again.


    What other book might you compare The Darkest Child to and why?

    I would compare this to, the Known World or Mudbound


    Which character – as performed by Cherise Boothe – was your favorite?

    Tangy Mae


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

    Mushy


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    Mudpie Hampton, Virginia United States 06-20-15
    Mudpie Hampton, Virginia United States 06-20-15 Member Since 2012

    sfling-nesbitt

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    "Unbelievable the abuse from a mother!"

    Talking about being mad is an understatement, had to read in intervals. The mother needed a swift beat down. This book only serves as an example the control of an abusive parent on their children. Disfunction in the family is overboard. Great writing by the author, just hope none of this situation ever happened!

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    IN BETWEEN THE HEDGES 06-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Non stop drama"

    Another remnant of slavery...mental traps that keep you caught and don't ever release the tension. This book was captivating at the onset, it got mellow dramatic and then somewhat predicable
    . The anticipation for good news is what became the draw but it just wouldn't come. I kept hoping for happily ever after but the decay of life was too rampant that there wasn't any room for reprieve. The end just fell off the cliff and didn't even make a sound. It was the only point of peace in the whole book. If you read the book backwards it would not matter...the mood was the same through out. Awesome narration and well written. You will get hooked. Enjoy.

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    Pamler 05-18-15
    Pamler 05-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Part 2 perhaps???"

    Book was good BUT somewhat sad

    Ending left you hanging part 2 perhaps

    Narrator did a good job expressing story

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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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