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The Darkest Child
by Delores Phillips

Published: 2005-01-01
Paperback : 400 pages
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Rozelle Quinn is so fair-skinned that she can pass for white. Her ten children are mostly light, too. They constitute the only world she rules and controls. Her power over them is all she has in an otherwise cruel and uncaring universe.

Rozelle favors her light-skinned kids, but Tangy ...
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Rozelle Quinn is so fair-skinned that she can pass for white. Her ten children are mostly light, too. They constitute the only world she rules and controls. Her power over them is all she has in an otherwise cruel and uncaring universe.

Rozelle favors her light-skinned kids, but Tangy Mae, 13, her darkest-complected child, is the brightest. She desperately wants to continue with her education. 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.

This is the story from an era when life’s possibilities for an African-American were unimaginably different.


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  "Overwhelmingly tragic"by DGriffin (see profile) 04/10/16

This well-written story is full of sad and tragic events but is worth the read. It inspired a prolonged discussion within our group.

 
  "Rollercoaster Ride of Emotions"by kayis2cute (see profile) 01/20/12

The story is tragic, but it will invoke a lot of different emotions. My club read this and we had a great discussion on the story, particularly about the mother in this story.

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