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The Darkest Child

by Delores Phillips

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Tangy Mae, an intelligent, dark skinned girl is one of 10 (or so) children of Rozelle Quinn, an insane, abusive, tyrant who thinks of no one but herself. The story takes place in Georgia just before the rulings on desegregation. How any child could endure the horrors which befell this darkest child is beyond my imagination. A very disturbing and sad story ( )
  AstridG | Mar 21, 2017 |
The story of a black family in rural Georgia in the 1950's. The time and the setting are not bad enough for a black person but add to that a black woman (who is very white) just keeps having babies - black, indian and white. Unfortunately she is not really sane and the horrors she puts on her children are much worse then the segregation around them. One daughter (the darkest child) who is berated for being ugly finally graduates from high school and makes the break. ( )
  joannemonck | Sep 17, 2016 |
Guessing at the date. Unremarkable book. ( )
  JeanetteSkwor | Oct 1, 2015 |
Lately, I've been reading about families. The more dysfunctional, the better. The Darkest Child certainly fits the bill. Well written, true dialogue, achingly realistic, this is a story of triumph despite unbelievable odds. Narrated by thirteen-year-old Tangy Mae (she and I share middle names) who is the darkest child, the opening scene introduces Rozelle Quinn, the most manipulative, controlling, abusive, evil mother imaginable. After reading this book, I will never complain about my upbringing again. The following summary is from litlovers.com

Rozelle Quinn is so fair-skinned that she can pass for white. Yet everyone in her small Georgia town knows. Rozelle's ten children (by ten different daddies) are mostly light, too. They sleep on the floor in her drafty, rickety three-room shack and live in fear of her moods and temper. But they are all vital to her. They occupy the only world she rules and controls. They multiply her power in an otherwise cruel and uncaring universe.

Rozelle favors her light-skinned kids, but insists that they all love and obey her unquestioningly. Tangy Mae, thirteen, is her brightest but darkest-complected child. Tangy wants desperately to continue with her education. Shockingly, the highest court in the land has just ruled that Negroes may go to school with whites. Her mother, however, has other plans.

Rozelle wants her daughter to work, cleaning houses for whites, like she does, and accompany her to the "Farmhouse," where Rozelle earns extra money bedding men. Tangy Mae, she's decided, is of age.
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  TerrisGrimes | Jun 16, 2014 |
This book was an amazing read! It touches upon family troubles and race issues as well. Although the topics are controversial, a the end of the book there are several lessons that will stick with you. I highly recommend this book!
  Laaaron | Dec 10, 2013 |
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To my sister, Linda Miller, my brothers, Lennie Miller and Gregory Green, and my daughter, Shalana Harris.
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Mama washed the last dish she ever intended to wash. I alone witnessed the event, in silence.
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"honor thy mother".
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"Rozelle Quinn is so fair-skinned that she can pass for white. Her ten children are mostly light, too. Everyone in the small Georgia town in which she lives knows that they have different fathers. She favors her light children, but it is Tangy Mae, the darkest of them all, who is the brightest and the only one desperate to get an education. Even in rural Pakersfield they have heard of the Supreme Court's recent ruling in the case of Brown v. Board of Education, though they are in no hurry to comply with it." "Rozelle wants thirteen-year-old Tangy Mae to take over her jobs: days, doing house cleaning for whites; nights, servicing men, white and black, at the "Farmhouse." And Rozelle is not a woman whose commands can lightly be ignored. She is a creature of moods, possessive of all her children, desperate for their love, demanding of utter loyalty and obedience, harshly repressive of any signs of independence. They are the only thing in her life that she can control." "The Darkest Child shows us a world misshapen by years of oppression in which family is powerful yet offers little kindness or comfort. It shows us a world in which attitudes of prejudice have been adopted by its victim, and the resulting struggle of those who are darker complected is a struggle not only against outsiders, but against the closest of kin."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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