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Publisher's Summary

A new edition of this award-winning modern classic, with a new introduction

In 1958 Georgia, the shade of a 13-year-old black girl's skin can make the difference in her fate. Tangy Mae is the smartest of her mother's 10 children, but she is also the darkest complected. The Quinns - all different skin shades, all with unknown fathers - live with their charismatic, beautiful, and tyrannical mother, Rozelle, in poverty on the fringes of a Georgia town where Jim Crow rules.

Rozelle's children live in fear of her mood swings and her violence, but they are devoted to her. Rozelle pulls her children out of school when they are 12 years old so that they can help support her by going to work - as domestics, as field laborers, or down at "the farmhouse", where Rozelle takes her oldest daughters to turn tricks for her.

Tangy Mae has been offered the opportunity to apply to an integrated high school and might even have the chance to graduate if she can somehow avoid her sisters' fate. Can she break from Rozelle's grasp without violent - even fatal - consequences?

©2004 Delores Phillips (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Wow

What a story! I want more, but the author is deceased. Excellent performance by Bahni Turpin.

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This was one of the best stories I've ever read

What made the experience of listening to The Darkest Child the most enjoyable?

The narration was awesome and the authors ability to keep the story interesting from beginning to end was amazing

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My heart couldn't take it

If you could sum up The Darkest Child in three words, what would they be?

Never knew I could feel so deeply for fictional characters. Beautiful Heart-aching story line. Some days, I didn't know if I could continue after every heart-yearning tale, but I had to finish. By far one of my new favs!

What did you like best about this story?

The details, the way it was written. It all was so poetic and well told.

What about Bahni Turpin’s performance did you like?

I love her dedication to each one of the characters. Her voice was a pleasure to listen too. Only she could deliver their heartbreaking stories with a voice that soothed you as it told tales of dark times.

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

Tangie May, her composure throughout the story amazed me. I would love to meet her and look her in her eyes. I could only imagine if hers were my own.

Any additional comments?

Cant wait for #2. Thank you Phillips for telling this story, it needed to be heard. best & light -J

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Great Book

Loved this book. It will break your heart. I didn't want it to end and then they gave you a teaser for a 2nd book but I couldn't find it.

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Sad the author died, and never wrote a 2nd book

This book was exceptional, loved the story and grew to love the characters. it bummed me out that Dolores Phillips passed away and never did the sequel. Beautiful story and wonderfully written.

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Best book ever!

I was blown away with this book, and Bahni Turpin never lets me down I could visualize all the different characters she is so awesome! I truly enjoyed this book.

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A MUST LISTEN!!!

Well written and narrated; very emotional! The biggest emotion felt is RAGE for Rozell! I could listen to this audible multiple times!!!

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Very dark

I found this book disturbing and couldn't finish it. I returned it because I will never listen to it again. The story focuses on 1 child in a very dysfunctional family, situations that go way past my comfort zone.

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One of the best narrators

Ms. Turpin is exceptional. I love listening to stories she reads as she truly becomes the characters and is a pleasure to listen to. She offers many different voices which helps to keep the characters straight. This book was well worth a listen - I enjoyed it enough to crave some quiet moments to listen. The only complaint I have is that I really didn’t feel there was a climax and/or resolution. It was just daily life and then the book ended. I will say, however, that there were many times throughout that I actually dropped my jaw at surprising twists or at things people would say/do. That really kept it interesting and enjoyable. I will look forward to the sequel when it is released.

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  • Gloria
  • Carmichael, CA, USA
  • 05-09-18

An American Story

I enjoyed this book. It opens the eyes wide to the fruits of the American South and the terrible consequences of its desires for people of color.