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In 1958 Georgia, the shade of a 13-year-old black girl's skin can make the difference in her fate. Tangy Mae is the smartest of her mother's 10 children, but she is also the darkest complected. The Quinns - all different skin shades, all with unknown fathers - live with their charismatic, beautiful, and tyrannical mother, Rozelle, in poverty on the fringes of a Georgia town where Jim Crow rules.
Rozelle's children live in fear of her mood swings and her violence, but they are devoted to her. Rozelle pulls her children out of school when they are 12 years old so that they can help support her by going to work - as domestics, as field laborers, or down at "the farmhouse", where Rozelle takes her oldest daughters to turn tricks for her.
Tangy Mae has been offered the opportunity to apply to an integrated high school and might even have the chance to graduate if she can somehow avoid her sisters' fate. Can she break from Rozelle's grasp without violent - even fatal - consequences?
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By NIXX1993 on 03-01-18
My heart couldn't take it
If you could sum up The Darkest Child in three words, what would they be?
Never knew I could feel so deeply for fictional characters. Beautiful Heart-aching story line. Some days, I didn't know if I could continue after every heart-yearning tale, but I had to finish. By far one of my new favs!
What did you like best about this story?
The details, the way it was written. It all was so poetic and well told.
What about Bahni Turpin’s performance did you like?
I love her dedication to each one of the characters. Her voice was a pleasure to listen too. Only she could deliver their heartbreaking stories with a voice that soothed you as it told tales of dark times.
If you could take any character from The Darkest Child out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Tangie May, her composure throughout the story amazed me. I would love to meet her and look her in her eyes. I could only imagine if hers were my own.
Any additional comments?
Cant wait for #2. Thank you Phillips for telling this story, it needed to be heard. best & light -J
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