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The Darkest Child By Delores Phillips The Darkest Child Bakersfield Georgia Thirteen year old Tangy Mae Quinn is the sixth of ten fatherless siblings She is the darkest skinned among them and therefore the ugliest in her mother Rozelle s estimatio

  • Title: The Darkest Child
  • Author: Delores Phillips
  • ISBN: 9781569473788
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Darkest Child By Delores Phillips Bakersfield, Georgia, 1958 Thirteen year old Tangy Mae Quinn is the sixth of ten fatherless siblings She is the darkest skinned among them and therefore the ugliest in her mother, Rozelle s, estimation, but she s also the brightest Rozelle beautiful, charismatic, and light skinned exercises a violent hold over her children Fearing abandonment, she pulls them from schBakersfield, Georgia, 1958 Thirteen year old Tangy Mae Quinn is the sixth of ten fatherless siblings She is the darkest skinned among them and therefore the ugliest in her mother, Rozelle s, estimation, but she s also the brightest Rozelle beautiful, charismatic, and light skinned exercises a violent hold over her children Fearing abandonment, she pulls them from school at the age of twelve and sends them to earn their keep for the household, whether in domestic service, in the fields, or at the farmhouse on the edge of town, where Rozelle beds local men for money.But Tangy Mae has been selected to be part of the first integrated class at a nearby white high school She has a chance to change her life, but can she break from Rozelle s grasp without ruinous even fatal consequences
    The Darkest Child By Delores Phillips

    The Darkest Child Phillips Jan , As a vision of African American life, The Darkest Child is one of the harshest novels to arrive in many years Phillips buttresses those harsh episodes with a depth of characterization worthy of Chekhov, pitch perfect dialogue, and a profound knowledge of the segregated South in the s. The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips The Darkest Child, set in the small town of Pakersfield, Georgia is the story of Tangy Mae Quinn as she struggles to love and satisfy her abusive, mentally disturbed, sexually promiscuous, yet breathtakingly beautiful mother Rozelle Rosie Quinn Mushy, Harvey, Sam, and Martha Jean were her white children. The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips, Paperback Barnes Up to sh backJan , Pakersfield, Georgia, Thirteen year old Tangy Mae Quinn is the sixth of ten fatherless siblings She is the darkest skinned among them and therefore the ugliest in her mother, Rozelle s, estimation, but she s also the brightest Rozelle beautiful, charismatic, and light skinned exercises a violent hold over her children. The Darkest Child Kindle edition by Phillips, Delores Tangy was until the last child was born the darkest child in color, the smart one, and the one who wanted and needed the most love from a woman who was simply incapable The author clearly drew some inspiration for the mother s character from her work in a The Darkest Child Summary SuperSummary Set in Georgia in the s, Delores Phillips s debut historical novel, The Darkest Child , follows thirteen year old Tangy Mae Quinn, an intelligent African American girl, as she battles to finish her education in the face of family tragedy, social upheaval, and her mother s unthinkable abuse Before her death in , Phillips worked as a nurse in a Georgia facility that tends to abused women and children. THE DARKEST CHILD Kirkus Reviews Jan , the darkest child by Delores Phillips RELEASE DATE Jan , A grim tale, set in the dying days of segregation, about one young woman s struggle to escape her past, her mother, and her duties.

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    1. The CurvyJones on said:

      This is an incredibly compelling powerful book about a young girl with dark skin and a sharp mind I didn t read ANYTHING on this book before I bought it I did not want any preconceived notions about it I must say it was a captivating read and I wish filmmakers did not butcher novels because I would LOVE to see this on screen Having been an Air Force brat, I grew up in predominantly white neighborhoods, went to school with mostly white kids, and lived primarily in the northern states I can t reca [...]

    2. Camille on said:

      Heart wrenching but well written and thought out It s hard when you know the fiction was and probably is someone s truth Just a reminder to be grateful.

    3. Zanna on said:

      This is a painful story told from the perspective of a girl, Tangy Mae, who suffers terribly at the hands of her mother, a woman with many children but no long term partner to support her Tangy recognises that there was something terribly wrong with our mother but is unable to escape from her increasingly abusive behaviour, partly because she feels responsible for her younger siblings The family s tale plays out against the background of a small town in the 1950s, mired in racism Phillips skilfu [...]

    4. Alisa on said:

      This is an EXCELLENT book I say that because I felt a range of emotions as I turned the pagesrage, sadness, happiness, pityI laughed, I cried.In reading this book I saw through its characters different ways people learn and or choose to survive the hardships of life A person can go through tragedies and people can try to destroy their spirit but there always is a choice They may not be able to choose the hand they have been dealt or control the situation but they always have the option to choose [...]

    5. Debbie on said:

      Heart breaking, Disturbing, Sad, Curious story that you just can not stop reading.If that is the introduction that I give it then why did I keep reading Because this is a book you can t put down Like the cruel, startling evening newscast that you just keep watching Like video of an accident you know is about to happen but you can t turn away Because I am a hopeful person I hoped that through all that was happening something would stop the injustice, something would stop the abuse and pain This w [...]

    6. Debra on said:

      4.5 starsWhew Wow what a book What a beautifully written yet sad book Why has this Author not written another book Perhaps this was the only story she needed to tell The writing was so wonderful and vivid that I could see imagine what was happening That is not always a good thing with this book as there is a tremendous amount of abuse in this book I found that I could not read this book fast I had to take breaks from it This is not an easy read The book begins when Rozelle tells her employer tha [...]

    7. Tia on said:

      The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips is soul wrenching horrendous One would never believe that a Mother could so deeply harm a child, let alone 10 of them, emotionally, spiritually, physically and mentally Rozelle is a woman who is Pure Evil She cares for no one, not even herself Unfortunately, the reader never finds out why Rozelle is the way she is She s hateful, spiteful, souless, and completely mental She has 10 children by 10 different men Most are as white as she is with one being what sh [...]

    8. Desiree on said:

      This was definitely a difficult read So difficult that I m not even sure whether I can say I like it or not The content and subject matter were just so brutal and violent that I couldn t wait to be over with it On the other hand, the writing was good so I kept reading I cannot imagine why any mother would treat her kids the way Rozelle did absolutely horrific Her children especially Tangy Mae are definitely survivors.

    9. Katisha Kersey on said:

      Excellent read The mystery behind the mom s mental illness was intriguing.

    10. Daenel on said:

      This book is quite possibly one of the most disturbing books I ve read And that s why I gave it 4 stars Any book that grab and twist my emotions is a winner I wanted to stop reading it the abuse scenes were cringe worthy Not just the physical aspects, but the mental aspects a part of me just kept asking myself if there are really kids who are living under these conditions and I know there are which made this story all the compelling.Tangy and her siblings are sympathetically written They have h [...]

    11. Barri Brown on said:

      Devastating, amazing depiction of pathology both individual and social Chronicle of family and Southern small town society in the 50s Incredible piece of fiction by this author who unfortunately passed away last year, this being the only book she wrote.

    12. Kierra J, on said:

      Can I tell you that I didn t want this book to end I absolutely love these sort of books First of all, I was compelled to read it because I kept noticing it in searches for books The title and the cover can also be credited for drawing me in For some reason it was relatable even though my family is nowhere near as dysfunctional as this one The book deals with topics like an unfit mother who struggles to survive by any means, lack of self esteem, poverty, racism, etc This book is not for the fain [...]

    13. Adrien on said:

      No matter how many times I read this story, it always moves me It will never get old All of the characters were rich and complex The author wove a tale steeped in fear, pain and the awful atrocities that took place during the time period in which the story takes place rural Georgia during the 50 s I remember some of the stories my grandmother used to tell me and I can so easily relate to the times I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone that would love to read an awesome thought provoking story.1 [...]

    14. Gustine on said:

      Unbeatable plot a truly psychotic mother raising twelve children in poverty in rural 1950s Georgia It s very well written I didn t mind the dialect at all, which speaks volumes about the author s talents She uses dialect perfectly at no point is the writing at all difficult to read, nor does it distract I couldn t put this down.EXCERPT Satan s in here, Mama repeated with mounting fear in her voice Edna started to cry, and Mama spun around to face her Shut up You want him to hear you she whispere [...]

    15. Cheryl on said:

      A woman has ten children and beats them senseless almost every week She takes her teenage daughters to The Farmhouse to turn them into prostitutes just like herself Her children live in a town filled with racial tensions, yet they must face worse at home Tangy Mae, the narrator, is the daughter who loves school and wants to figure out a way out of the town Yet what she must go through in order to do that, at the hands of her own mother, is horrific.Here s a dialogue between mother and daughter D [...]

    16. Pamela on said:

      Reading the The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips for the 2nd time was so much revealing than the 1st time go round It was so much detailed and graphic than the 1st It wasn t that they weren t there, I was just aware of the content than I was before Ms Phillips does a wonderful job of characterizing a mother whose not only disfunctional within herself, but possessive of her children and afraid that they will leave her The Darkest Child Tangy Mae is so courageous and stronge constantly struggl [...]

    17. Darleane on said:

      Wow What a rollercoaster ride I started reading this book and once I got into it, I was not able to put it down I finished most of it in one evening With that begin said, it was so hard to imagine what she went through growing up during that time.This book made me laugh, cry, and totally broke my heart The main character Tangy Mae has determined to break through even though she has to deal with so much strife Her mother is a basketcase, even up to the end of the book she controlled her children. [...]

    18. Rick Slane on said:

      With an upbringing as poverty stricken as the one depicted in The Glass Castle and a mother maybe as evil as Kate from East of Eden, The Darkest Child begins in 1958 in a small segregated Georgia town It s the story of 13 year old Tangy Mae s struggle to get an education while her mother wants her to work as a maid by day and as a prostitute at night Many types of prejudice are on display.

    19. Monterica Neil on said:

      SPOLIER ALERT The Darkest Child, set in the small town of Pakersfield, Georgia is the story of Tangy Mae Quinn as she struggles to love and satisfy her abusive, mentally disturbed, sexually promiscuous, yet breathtakingly beautiful mother Rozelle Rosie Quinn Mushy, Harvey, Sam, and Martha Jean were her white children Tarabelle, Wallace, and Laura were Indians Cherokee, no less Edna and I were Negroes, Tangy Mae describes the diversity of her mother s offspring, categorized by the ethnicities of [...]

    20. Alysia on said:

      I read this book with my book club Mocha Girls Read and it was our selection for Black History Month I have to say this was a hard read for me I had a hard time getting caught up in all the craziness of the characters especially Rozelle aka Mama Rozelle s character is an over dominating, bipolar woman who has ten kids by ten different men from working in the farmhouse I was slightly disturbed by the we know but it ain t our business attitude the various people took regarding her abusive behavior [...]

    21. Sheenaat Hot Eats and Cool Reads on said:

      The cover of this book is absolutely beautiful to me, but I wish I could say the same for the content Rozelle is a very evil person, called the devil s spawn by her own Mama She is horribly abusive to her ten children and completely gets away with it Tangy Mae is an amazing and strong girl who in my eyes, is a true hero This book takes place during the civil rights era in the south, which makes it real, and even harder to digest, the events that take place This book hits a huge variety of topic [...]

    22. Jaye on said:

      I don t know where to start with this book It s set in 1950s Georgia where Rozelle Rosie Quinn is living in extreme poverty with her ten children She s a Black woman who s light enough to pass for white all of her children are varying shades of light skin, expect for Tangy Mae she s the darkest and smartest of the children Rosie dislikes Tangy s dark skin and she thinks she s lazy because she would rather get her high school diploma instead of dropping out to find work.Tangy Mae tells the story [...]

    23. stacia on said:

      Oh, how I hated this book It was long and well written, but there a few things fundamentally wrong with it a It was relentless in its cruelty to its characters No one had a moment s sunshine, save the deaf mute sister who s rescued from the family by the much older than she mailman, who immediately marries her and knocks her up.b It was overwritten The narrator s supposed to be an adolescent girl and while Phillips goes out of her way to emphasize how educated the girl is, her vocabulary and phr [...]

    24. Sue on said:

      I could not put this book down Tangy Mae and her 9 siblings live in poverty with their mother, who is abusive and mentally unstable The story takes place in 1958 in rural Georgia Tangy has to live and survive not only the prejudice of others, but also that of her mother Rozelle and most of her children are very light skinned, almost white and Tangy Mae is very dark skinned Her mother hates her for it Rozelle insists her children work and bring the money home to her She even forces her daughters [...]

    25. Christy Hart on said:

      One of my employees suggested I read this book and I was hooked from the first chapter This is a well written novel of a extremely poor black family a single mother and her children The mother is one of the most dysfunctional and unconscious characters I have encountered in a novel The author skillfully illustrates the lives of the children and how they watch their mother with extra attention to try and predict her moods and behavior.My sister loved it my brother in law said it was too depressin [...]

    26. Kathrin on said:

      I picked up the book at the library for the cover and the title and I am happy I did This is a very hard book to read for the cruelty of the mother and it being situated in Georgia around the time they started to desegregate the schools Tangy Mae is a beautiful and strong character with a drive to finish high school despite all obstacles put in her path This is the author first and only novel so far I really hope she ll pick up the pen again soon

    27. Kylin Larsson on said:

      Set in a small Georgia town in the late 1950s through the mid 1960s, The Darkest Child is the story of a family dealing with physical abuse and mental illness in the midst of town in the early, violent process of desegregation The majority of the story revolves around a portrait of Tangy Mae, along with her nine siblings, who are at the mercy of their mentally ill mother.Tangy Mae and her sisters survive being prostituted, branded with irons, beaten with household objects, and mentally abused Th [...]

    28. Avi Morris on said:

      I had mixed feelings about this difficult story Overall I liked it well enough to rate it 4 stars For me what keeps it from my highest rating is that the story of the troubled African American Quinn familyis that is seems like a series of connected episodes, not quite with the flow of a novel But the episodes range between sad, to moving, to shocking with an impact that can t be ignored The Quinn s are a very poor family living in small town Georgia in the segregated late 1950s and early 60s The [...]

    29. Bark on said:

      This is the story of dirt poor 13 year old Tansy Mae, one of ten children born to her unstable and at times very abusive mother Tansy s mother is black but easily passes for white and makes her living cleaning houses for rich folks and pleasing the men of the house but she keeps this from the younger kids Her mother expects them all to quit school and get a job to help support them Tansy is smarter than the rest and wants to complete school but her mother has other ideas and once Tansy becomes o [...]

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