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Author: Delores Phillips Narrator: Bahni Turpin Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2018 ISBN: 9781501972362
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A new edition of this award-winning modern classic, with an introduction by Tayari Jones, an excerpt from the never before seen follow-up, and discussion guide.

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?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bahni Turpin brings her formidable talents to bear as she narrates the story of thirteen-year-old Tangy Mae Quinn…Turpin’s narration blends seamlessly with Phillips’ writing, creating a seductive, meandering story punctuated by moments of unspeakable violence. Turpin’s characterizations are outstanding—unique, perfectly accented voices ring with authenticity. Listeners will be deeply affected by her nuanced portrayal of dutiful Tangy Mae, a girl who deserves so much more than the life she’s been given. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “Filled with grand plot events and clearly identifiable villains and victims…Lush with detail and captivating with its story of racial tension and family violence.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Evil’s regenerative powers and one girl’s fierce resistance…A book that deserves a wide audience.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An ALA Notable Books - Winner
  • Nominated for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/15/2014

    " Excellent book sad but a happy ending... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 2/5/2014

    " "Phillips writes with a no-nonsense elegance. . . . As a vision of African-American life, The Darkest Child is one of the harshest novels to arrive in many years. . . . [Phillips] buttresses those harsh episodes with a depth of characterization worthy of Chekhov, pitch-perfect dialogue, and a profound knowledge of the segregated South in the '50s." -The New Leader "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 1/27/2014

    " Very powerful book! I began reading it on Thursday, 20, 2012, and completed reading it on Friday 21, 2012. The characters in this book seem very real to me>their humaness reflected genuine raw emotion, courage and convictions. The protagonist or narrator, Tangy Mae, displayed tremendous strength and remarkable restraint considering all the violence and abuse she suffered and endured through out the novel; however, good always triumph over evil. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K | 1/26/2014

    " I have GOT to read more Delores Phillips! Loved this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/3/2014

    " Heartbreaking story that was beautifully told. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zanetta | 1/1/2014

    " Compelling. Riveting. Disturbing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zayne | 12/29/2013

    " An exceptional novel. I laughed, cried and cried some more. This book is thick with emotion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darinka | 12/20/2013

    " Powerful story reflecting the stereotypes and internal racism that can exist within our own families and in an unspoken part of our histories. A gripping tale that would make it hard to put this book down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Channon | 12/13/2013

    " I was captivated from beginning to the ending. My husband would be talking to but I would be lost in The Darkest Child. It was wonderful! My only disappointment was the abrupt ending. I found myself tapping and tapping trying to get the page turned. I thought my book had malfunctioned. lol I almost lost my sanity with the characters. :). Good Reads says 462 and Amazon 397 pages. I don't feel like this was a cliff hanger; I just had to adjust my thought pattern. I hope to hear more from this author. Great Read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rrguana | 12/8/2013

    " Captures all the emotions. I had a hard time putting it down. The trauma these children were subject to is incredible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 12/1/2013

    " This book is horrifically sad and awful in a way that makes it a good read but one you can't possibly feel happy about. It's left me more or less speechless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 11/29/2013

    " I highly recommend this book. The author manages to take a familiar story (poor family in the Jum Crow South) and tell it in such a way that continues to draw in the reader until the very end. This is the second time that I've read this book and I'm sure that I'll read it again someday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 11/20/2013

    " This book was very raw, hard to read because as a parent, you cannot imagine treating a child this way but the writing was magnificent. So well done, you felt like you were right there in the room with them every time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Msladydeborah | 11/9/2013

    " The Darkest Child is a well crafted novel. This is not the typical dark skinned Black person v light-skinned Black person type story. This is a story about family dynamics and an era in which Black people were responding to the oppressive conditions of America in the 1950s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffani | 9/8/2013

    " This was great. It is action packed! This was Delores Phillips' 1st novel. I cannot wait for #2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 O. | 8/28/2013

    " This book took a while to get going but when it did, it captured me! I loved Tangie, Mushy and for some odd reason Tarabelle but that mother of theirs? Pure, unadulterated evil. Great read, get into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esther | 7/7/2013

    " This book was recommended to me by a coworker. It was not an easy read. The brutality of the home life is the stuff of which nightmares were made. It was a good book, one that I'm sure will stay in my mind for a long time to come. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvette | 12/25/2012

    " Family, race, single parenting, poverty "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Schauminchanel | 12/12/2012

    " Great compelling story, but also very sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Midrekia | 10/5/2012

    " greeeeeat book! page turner! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dacia | 9/30/2012

    " This book was really interesting I may have to read it once more to get a better understanding of it though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keshia | 6/20/2012

    " book is very slow to get into but very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/15/2012

    " This is probably one of the best books I have ever read. The characters draw you in. You will hate some, love some, relate to some. This book will make you laugh, cry, and scream. Highly recommend this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 3/6/2012

    " I listened to this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 11/26/2011

    " Deeply disturbing. However, I could not put this book down. VERY well written. If you are looking for a happy,cheery book this is not it. You truly mourn for the Quinn children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddie | 9/15/2011

    " Wow. How could a mother treat her children like this? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tinisha | 8/4/2011

    " This book hit close to home-well not my home but not far from it. It was really a good book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittaney | 7/12/2011

    " What a wonderful read! The language is bold and descriptive. I absolutely enjoyed reading the book. Unfortunately this is the only book by Delores Phillips?!? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pretty | 6/28/2011

    " This is a great book on reality in this time frame of living! Great Read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 6/8/2011

    " I'm currently reading this book and I love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisha | 6/8/2011

    " LOVED THIS BOOK! The ending was bittersweet for me but It left me satisfied. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther | 6/7/2011

    " Gripping, harrowing, and yet compassionate - the author's first novel - wow "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margari | 5/30/2011

    " Damn...damn...damn.....this almost makes The Color Purple seem like a a Fairy Tale. Miss Rosie gets the worst mother of the century award. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlana | 5/10/2011

    " One of the best books I have read in a LONG time...it kept me up thinking for three nights in a row. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K | 5/9/2011

    " I have GOT to read more Delores Phillips! Loved this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krysten | 5/1/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. it did end different from what i expected, but still a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 2/24/2011

    " This is a powerful book and one I couldn't put down. It makes you feel every range of emotion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwendolyn | 1/12/2011

    " This was one of those books that had me from page one. I couldn't put it down once I started it. Look forward to reading mor from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/11/2011

    " This was the first full book I read on my new Kindle--I love the Kindle! I thought the book was good--difficult to read of such extreme child abuse---and somewhat political I thought--but a good picture of 1950 southern living. "

About the Author

Delores Phillips (1950–2014) was born in Bartow County, Georgia, the second of four children. She graduated from Cleveland State University with a bachelor of arts degree in English and worked as a nurse at a state psychiatric hospital. The is the author of one novel, The Darkest Child, and her work has appeared in Jean’s Journal, Black Times, and The Crisis.

About the Narrator

Bahni Turpin, winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and several prestigious Audie Awards for her narrations, was named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine in 2019. Publishers Weekly magazine named her Narrator of the Year for 2016. She is an ensemble member of the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She has guest starred in many television series, including NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, Cold Case, What about Brian, and The Comeback. Film credits include Brokedown Palace, Crossroads, and Daughters of the Dust. She is also a member of the recording cast of The Help, which won numerous awards.