The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips & Tayari Jones

The Darkest Child

By Delores Phillips & Tayari Jones

  • Release Date: 2004-01-01
  • Genre: African American
Score: 4.5
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From 227 Ratings
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Description

Pakersfield, 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?

Reviews

  • The Darkest Child

    4
    By Pickles 7
    Don’t read this book if your looking for a happy outcome. This book is not for the light hearted. It was hard to read but hard to put down. It’s set at the beginning of the civil rights movement so reading how black people were treated is disheartening and unbelievably sad but very truthful. You have that whole dimension then the main characters treatment of her children and the outcomes of their lives is just dark. Like I said don’t read if your looking for a happy outcome but this book definitely draws you in and you have to get to the end to see if something changes.
  • The Darkest Child

    4
    By Splice98
    One of the best books I’ve ever read! I️ hope to see a sequel soon. We have to know what happens with Tangy Mae and the rest of the Quinns’
  • Amazing

    5
    By France's babyboi
    One of the best books I’ve ever read ! What an amazing well written masterpiece ...
  • 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

    5
    By LaKeEllie
    Greatest book ever
  • The Darkest Child

    5
    By Sannwitch
    I just finished reading this book. I loved it, it really resonated with me! All the characters in this book were in search of some type of love that just seemed to elude them. The only thing that remained was pain, hurt and miscommunication! You would assume that Rosie was the antagonist, but you would be wrong, just like her kids, she learned her behavior somewhere!
  • Read this book!!!

    5
    By Themissus78
    One of the best books I've read in a long time! I'm searching for other books by this author now
  • Shawn McDonough

    5
    By bowefame
    An amazing book! I couldn't put it down! Tangy Mae was so brave to finally break the curse of her mother!
  • Great Book

    5
    By Cdhqueen123_
    Too many times my heart broke for Tangy Mae and her sisters but this is the kind of pain some people live in everyday.
  • Engrossing...A Real Page Turner

    3
    By Cinemaphile917
    I enjoyed this read thoroughly. It provided an insight to post plantation life and had all the scandalized elements of a juicy family saga. The main character's ability to forgive seemed to be over the top and a tad unrealistic when it came to her sadistic mother, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the story.
  • Amazing

    5
    By SheBreaksNews
    A wonderfully written story. Hope. Life. It all springs eternal and is profoundly expressed in 691 pages. My first ebook, not my last!

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