The Darkest Child

The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips & Tayari Jones Book Summary

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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- Loved it!5 star

This is a great read! A page turner for sure!

- Darkest child5 star

One of the saddest books I ever read. Insanity, disfunction, miss guided beliefs and morals ran rampant through this world. Sometimes I didn’t believe it could happen or I refused to believe. The writing was moving and painted the characters in colors of hope when ever there was a chance in this very sad story.

- Could not stop reading5 star

This book is soooooooo good. It’ll have you entrapped and so involved with the story that you just want to keep reading.

- The Darkest Child4 star

Don’t read this book if your looking for a happy outcome. This book is not for the light hearted. It was hard to read but hard to put down. It’s set at the beginning of the civil rights movement so reading how black people were treated is disheartening and unbelievably sad but very truthful. You have that whole dimension then the main characters treatment of her children and the outcomes of their lives is just dark. Like I said don’t read if your looking for a happy outcome but this book definitely draws you in and you have to get to the end to see if something changes.

- The Darkest Child4 star

One of the best books I’ve ever read! I️ hope to see a sequel soon. We have to know what happens with Tangy Mae and the rest of the Quinns’

- Amazing5 star

One of the best books I’ve ever read ! What an amazing well written masterpiece ...

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Greatest book ever

- The Darkest Child5 star

I just finished reading this book. I loved it, it really resonated with me! All the characters in this book were in search of some type of love that just seemed to elude them. The only thing that remained was pain, hurt and miscommunication! You would assume that Rosie was the antagonist, but you would be wrong, just like her kids, she learned her behavior somewhere!

- Read this book!!!5 star

One of the best books I've read in a long time! I'm searching for other books by this author now

- Shawn McDonough5 star

An amazing book! I couldn't put it down! Tangy Mae was so brave to finally break the curse of her mother!

- Great Book5 star

Too many times my heart broke for Tangy Mae and her sisters but this is the kind of pain some people live in everyday.

- Engrossing...A Real Page Turner3 star

I enjoyed this read thoroughly. It provided an insight to post plantation life and had all the scandalized elements of a juicy family saga. The main character's ability to forgive seemed to be over the top and a tad unrealistic when it came to her sadistic mother, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the story.

- Amazing5 star

A wonderfully written story. Hope. Life. It all springs eternal and is profoundly expressed in 691 pages. My first ebook, not my last!

- A-mazinggg5 star

Loved every moment of this book! Must read

- First time's the charm!5 star

For her first book, she did an excellent job! As twisted as it is, I love the storyline.

- The Darkest Child5 star

This book ripped my heart out by the way Rosie treated her daughters and sons . I want to claw her face out for her daughters sake. Tangy Mae is a strong woman if ever I saw one. I wanted to keep reading to see if she made it out town and if she got that scholarship. Harrowing and unthinkable to think that situations like this go on every day.

- Darkest Child5 star

One Of the best books I read in a while!!!!

- Anonymous4 star

This book was so sad. My heart simply broke for the main character. But it also showed that one should strength in adversity, and to love others but never forget to also love yourself. Long read but good read....

- Amazing4 star

Though incredibly difficult to read at times, because I kept wanting something better for the protagonist, this was a fantastic book. I wish some of characters were a little better developed, but overall, one of the best books I've read in awhile-and I read A LOT.

- Great Book5 star

One of the best books I've read in years! Told all my reading friends.

- The Darkest Child5 star

Riveting. Soul murking.

- Wonderful5 star

Great read

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@BaptismOnFire: Through death and pain, I’m filled with glee On the darkest fires, I baptize thee As worms feast on that which once was…

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#GabrielFernandez If this abuse can fall on deft ears In a 1st world country what must be going on in the darkest…

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@RachelMcGonagi1 Oh, she has a connection. Not to be the darkest voice, but there is a tie to these children in ca…

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@ImTheReasonWhy It’s difficult. Trust me. But God has blessed me with a child who IS my reason to push through, get…

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@Andywoodward44: My amazing boys who are proud of me that ive come through the darkest time. I love you boys ❤They are my world and that…

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@Andywoodward44: My amazing boys who are proud of me that ive come through the darkest time. I love you boys ❤They are my world and that…

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@erinmccafferty_ Wow what a beautiful woman you ate x your smile shines through the darkest cloud you truly are a beautiful child xx

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I am my mother's child, I'll love you 'til my breathing stops I'll love you 'til you call the cops on me But in our…

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@bikingmargo: there’s so much i can say about season three, but all i’ll say it this - learning that the book you read as a child, that…

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@bikingmargo: there’s so much i can say about season three, but all i’ll say it this - learning that the book you read as a child, that…

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there’s so much i can say about season three, but all i’ll say it this - learning that the book you read as a child…

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@Andywoodward44: My amazing boys who are proud of me that ive come through the darkest time. I love you boys ❤They are my world and that…

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@Andywoodward44: My amazing boys who are proud of me that ive come through the darkest time. I love you boys ❤They are my world and that…

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@Andywoodward44: My amazing boys who are proud of me that ive come through the darkest time. I love you boys ❤They are my world and that…

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