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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,222 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Delores Phillips Narrator: Cherise Boothe Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781436146159
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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, thirteen, 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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Quotes & Awards

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

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

Listener Opinions

  • 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 Naeema | 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 Hall | 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 Robinson | 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 Maldonado | 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 Cook horne | 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 Jones | 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 Jackson | 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 Warnke oakes | 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 Alexander | 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 Miller | 10/5/2012

    " greeeeeat book! page turner! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dacia Wilson | 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 Schofield | 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 Combs | 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. "

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About the Author
Author Delores Phillips

Delores Phillips was born in Bartow County, Georgia, in 1950, the second of four children. She graduated from Cleveland State University with a bachelor of arts in English and works as a nurse at a state psychiatric hospital. Her work has appeared in Jean’s Journal, Black Times, and The Crisis. She has lived in Cleveland, Ohio, since 1964.

About the Narrator

Cherise Boothe, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, has worked extensively in theater, film, television, and narration. She has appeared in numerous regional plays, as well as in television shows such as The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU, and Gossip Girl. She holds an MFA in acting from New York University. She was a finalist in 2015 for the prestigious Audie Award for best multivoiced narration.