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The Darkest Child Audiobook

The Darkest Child

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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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    Debbie Payton NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, US 06-27-16
    Debbie Payton NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, US 06-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    I read the book about six years ago and enjoyed the auditable version as much.

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    SHAKINA SINGLETON NEW YORK,NY 06-19-16
    SHAKINA SINGLETON NEW YORK,NY 06-19-16
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    "best book ever"

    I love this book it's gritty and heartwarming and you really get wrapped up in the story. I wish there was another book in the series or that it wasn't serious I should say

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    Dawn 06-12-16
    Dawn 06-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Get Ready to Feel"

    It's been a long time since I've read a book that made me sob. Take your time with this one.

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    SBJ 06-05-16
    SBJ 06-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Gripping but tragic"

    Great telling of a sad & tragic story of the life of African Americans during segregation. Mentally unstable young single mother warped by the crazy social standards created by post slavery America. Blacks thinking the whiter or lighter the skin color the better, women thinking their only value lies within beauty and sex & blacks thinking their only options are to lie down and except being treated less than human.
    Although sad, scandalous & at times appalling the story will capture your heart and have you hanging on to every twist & turn of this family's journey.

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    Jacquelyn 06-04-16
    Jacquelyn 06-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Caught-up"

    This book was so captivating. The characters are so unbelievable yet so believable. You almost wish you could be one of them so that your actions would also be told.

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    Mika 06-02-16
    Mika 06-02-16
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    "A graphic, intense body of art."
    If you could sum up The Darkest Child in three words, what would they be?

    Tragic, poignant and depressing.


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

    When the mother hurled her grandbaby by one leg down the gulley was so graphic. You can imagine the pain the mother's actions caused.


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    This novel was way too much to bare. As a mother, I wondered what kind of woman could and would do the things the mother in the story did, to subject her children to such vile, mean spirited acts of violence, the abject obvious poverty coupled with the mother's hatred and contempt for her children, especially her daughters.The mom is a vile character who will elicit disgust as well as sympathy. You can visualize her drunk and delirious, muttering and sputtering saliva, probably smelling of liquor, sweat, sex and cheap perfume. Listening to this novel, you'll often ask yourself "What in the World?". The mother and her children's suffering and the various forms of abuse experienced by her children are unparalleled. A tough, difficult novel to listen to and to absorb. Ouch. You cannot call this novel enjoyable. Tragic ... absolutely.

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    April Florida 06-02-16
    April Florida 06-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    I feel it will take at least two books to get over the devastating emotions this book brought out in me. I can say that I have never craved revenge as I've done as I listened in the hopes she would do her momma in. This is to skin deep to not have happened. My pain for those children was wrenching and it hurt to listen to what they went through but the author made me stay.almost as if I were tied to my chair. I ate lunch in solace as I thought how to help, reminding myself that it's a damn book and these people are not real.

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    Onviana Whitelow 05-20-16
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    "wow!"

    I was intrigued by the story line! Sometimes I really couldn't believe what I was hearing but I couldn't stop listening! I felt everyone emotion I had a some point or another. I loved it! I would love to read more from this author.

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    ELPH 04-19-16
    ELPH 04-19-16
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    "well done!"

    Well written and well read story. This is one of those stories were you feel sorry for the children, living with a momma that seems loving at times, but does and says the most evil things that will shock you. That and dealing with the racial tensions in the south at that time make for a good story.

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    Meagan 04-14-16
    Meagan 04-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "AMAZING!!!!"

    This book... I can't praise it enough.. it is so honest. The author did magnificent job of giving ALL the characters so much depth. It shines an important light on mental illness in the black community that's ignored a lot. I can't wait to see what else this author brings. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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