The Darkest Child

The Darkest Child

Book - 2004
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Rozelle Quinn is so fair-skinned that she can pass for white, yet everyone in her small Georgia town knows. Her ten children by different men are mostly light too. They sleep on the floor of her three-room shack and live in fear of her temper. Rozelle favours her lighter-skinned kids, but insists on their equal obedience. When it looks like darker-skinned, 13 year-old Tangy Mae can continue her education at a white school, it turns out her mother has other plans. She wants Tangy to help clean houses for white folk, and go with her to the farmhouse to earn extra money bedding men.
Publisher: New York : Soho Press, c2004.
ISBN: 9781569473450
Branch Call Number: PHILL
Characteristics: 387 p.


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Apr 07, 2015

One word sums this book up-outstanding. A brilliant and at times disturbing read. It is the story of a poor black family in rural Georgia in the fifties, with all the racism and discrimination that prevailed then. It is told through the eyes of Tangy , who is around 14 at the time. She longs to get away from the abusive drunken mother and wants something better for herself but is stymied in her attempts through the families situation.

Mar 08, 2015

Ms. Phillips wrote from a place both true and raw. Unbelievable she is a first time writer! Many are longing for the sequel. I will not be surprised to see this book transferred to the big screen.

madison382 Apr 25, 2014

The author is an excellent writer, however I found the subject matter to be very troubling. It was too graphic, and I honestly had to skim over some of the pages, because I could not allow myself to digest some of the things that were happening in the novel. I only gave it 3 stars, because I was so mad at the book.

ABenjamin33 Dec 09, 2013

Needed an altenative ending. Overall good book. Subject matter was a bit matture and even though targeted to young adults it should be read by older teens.

tiracialspirit Jul 05, 2012

After I finished I wanted to start over, and hope for an ending with more closure. Excellent read though.

yazthebeast Jun 25, 2012

I loved this book. I had many sleepless nights trying to finish it.

LouLooJ Jun 25, 2012

I loved the book even though i felt it moved a bit slow. The story broke my heart because even though it was fictional this very easily could be real. i wish everyone had the ability to fight back.

bbaby4 Jan 03, 2012

Heartbreakingly painful book; wonderful characters; brutal and yet, in some places, compassionate. It is not an easy read but the writing is what I call "like great lemonade." You just can't stop sipping from it, and it is very bittersweet. Love this novel, it is a work of Art. But be warned: it is a painful read.

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