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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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    I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!

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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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    "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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    Teresa Indianapolis, IN, United States 02-04-10
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    this book is beautifully written. You don't know whether to feel sorry for the mother or hate her. Lizzie Cooper did a wonderful job with the narration and Delores Phillips has written a very powerful book.

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