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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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    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


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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.

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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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    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 Member Since 2015
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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 11-19-12
    Beverly 11-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome Read"
    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 listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!

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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 Member Since 2013
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    "WOW!"
    Any additional comments?

    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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