The Darkest Child

  • by Delores Phillips
  • Narrated by Cherise Boothe
  • 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Delores Phillips' heart-rending debut novel is set in 1950s Georgia where most of Rozelle Quinn's 10 children can pass as white. Her brightest child, Tangy Mae, however, has the darkest skin of them all, and she longs to continue her education. But Rozelle thinks it's time for 13-year-old Tangy Mae to follow in her own footsteps and earn money "cleaning for whites" and bedding men at the "Farmhouse."


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I own the written copy but never got around to finishing it because I didn't have time to read. I bought the audio version and listened to it at work, in my car, in the gym and at home. I've listened to this book 3 times now. I was so impressed with the narrator. I laughed, cried and got angry listening to this book. Definitely got my monies worth with this book. A definite must have!
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- KayeTidwell

Not really resolved!

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 toward the kids. I have found that some of it really rang true in the Black community but this book slaps it in your face. Rozelle's best and only friend Ms. Pearl knows she is abusing her kids and does nothing but buy them a pair of white socks for their birthdays.

This book is full of family drama steaming from Rozelle's crazy actions. She is the character that propels action in ever single person and sometimes lack of action.

For me personally this book has too many characters and was missing the big climax. There were so many small climaxes in this book within various circles of people involved but nothing really happened as a result of all the drama. As Oprah would say, there was no big Aha! moment for the characters as a whole or the town.
This was a great first time novel for Delores Phillips but the story was interesting in parts and missing something for me as a whole.

The narrator did an AMAZING job of reading this book. I loved her voice and it suited this book, location and time period perfectly!
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- Alysia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-18-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books