The Darkest Child



❰Reading❯ ➹ The Darkest Child Author Delores Phillips – E17streets4all.co.uk Bakersfield, Georgia, 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, b Bakersfield, Georgia,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 The Darkest PDF/EPUB or 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 moneyBut 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.The Darkest Child

Delores Phillips was born in Georgia She is a graduate of Cleveland State University and works as a nurse in a facility for abused women and children in Cleveland This is her first novel.

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  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • The Darkest Child
  • Delores Phillips
  • English
  • 03 September 2019
  • 1569473781

10 thoughts on “The Darkest Child

  1. says:

    4.5 starsWhew Wow what a book What a beautifully written yet sad book Why has this Author not written another book Perhaps this was the only story she needed to tell The writing was so wonderful and vivid that I could see imagine what was happening That is not always a good thing with this book as there is a tremendous amount of abuse in this book I found that I could not read this book fast I had to take breaks from it This is not an easy read The book begins when Rozelle tells her em 4.5 starsWhew Wow what a book What a beautifully written yet sad book Why has this Author not written another book Perhaps this was the only story she needed to tell The writing was so wonderful and vivid that I could see imagine what was happening That is not always a good thing with this book as there is a tremendous amount of abuse in this book I found that I could not read this book fast I had to take breaks from it This is not an easy read The book begins when Rozelle tells her employer that it is her last day of work because she is going to die over the weekend In reality she is pregnant She has 10 children from different fathers and she is a disturbing woman Mainly because she is disturbed Was she mentally ill What she incredibly mean There is something just off about her and the Author never really tells us what Her children also know something is not quite right about their Mother She is abusive to her children Abuse is a light word for how she treats her children Forcing two daughters to prostitute themselves for money and one to raise money to get her brother out of jail Not all of her children survive It is not a kind world that this family lives in As I stated the descriptions are so vivid that the scenes are disturbing This book is about pain, hope, determination and survival This is a book where you want to know what happens next and yet at the same time, you dread what happens next.Rozelle is a light skinned woman who could pass for White As stated in the description, she favors if you can call it favoring her lighter skinned children The narrator, is her dark skinned daughter Tangy May A girl who loves books and school Her Mother allows her to attend school the longest but soon decides that it is time for her to leave school and start earning money to help support the household.This book has many characters There is a character who just wants to teach and help better his peers through reading and writing There are those who are angry with the Jim Crow South, there is Miss Pearl, who tries to help the family.The part in the book where Rozelle tells Tangy May that they last time she saw her one child she was a fireball UGH In short, beautifully written book I highly recommend this book but be warned it is not an easy read There are parts that will make you uncomfortable I do hope that Delores Phillips continues to write I can t say enough about how much I enjoyed her writing She is so vivid and descriptive

  2. says:

    Heart wrenching but well written and thought out It s hard when you know the fiction was and probably is someone s truth Just a reminder to be grateful.

  3. says:

    This is a painful story told from the perspective of a girl, Tangy Mae, who suffers terribly at the hands of her mother, a woman with many children but no long term partner to support her Tangy recognises that there was something terribly wrong with our mother but is unable to escape from her increasingly abusive behaviour, partly because she feels responsible for her younger siblings The family s tale plays out against the background of a small town in the 1950s, mired in racism Phillips s This is a painful story told from the perspective of a girl, Tangy Mae, who suffers terribly at the hands of her mother, a woman with many children but no long term partner to support her Tangy recognises that there was something terribly wrong with our mother but is unable to escape from her increasingly abusive behaviour, partly because she feels responsible for her younger siblings The family s tale plays out against the background of a small town in the 1950s, mired in racism Phillips skilfully and naturalistically, without barging into the text with interpretations sets up the family as a microcosm of the racial and gender politics of the time, with dark skinned Tangy Mae receiving the worst treatment and the girls generally being expected to sacrifice everything, while the light skinned older boys are spared much of their mother s violence and receiveaffection.The young Black men have difficulty getting work, and spend their days waiting in the town centre for white men to pick them up in trucks and take them off to do a few hours or days hard labour for pitful wages One of the men compares the situation unfavourably to slavery Another is particularly thoughtful and aware, directing his anger and frustration towards political action and seeking to organise the discontented black youth, encouraging self education among them, and writing to the NAACP for assistance The obstacles his efforts encounter pile up, well drawn by Phillips to illustrate how a few key White racists could effectively obstruct Black struggle for racial uplift.The men s plight contrasts with the situation for girls and women, who seem to find it relatively easy to get work housekeeping in white homes, although their wages are not impressive One girl taken on for such work resigns after three days of harrassment from the young men of the household As she walks out, head held high, the narrator comments no respectable colored sic woman would work for them again This represents, obviously, a significant improvement on slavery Supportive relationships between women are important Tangy and her deaf sister help each other even though a man comes between them Tangy s mother s best friend helps her out on several occasions Nonetheless, such relationships can clearly be abusive as well as caring We learn that Tangy s mother was victimised by her own mother, who extends care to her grandson, reprising the gender dynamic of the central family.I found Tangy Mae s efforts to stay in school and her experiences there particularly affecting She is evidently very academically talented and supported by her teachers, but increasingly the varied forms of abuse heaped on her make it impossible for her to participate fully The subject of integration in education is explored for Tangy I think this is almost just another hurdle Her romantic feelings also get a very rough ride.There s a lot to engage with in this novel, but its simple structure and sympathetic characters make it easy to read I appreciate that Phillips makes us feel the pain along with the hope, and lets wounds heal only partially It s a hard and heavy story, but there s no doubting it s the weight of truth

  4. says:

    This was definitely a difficult read So difficult that I m not even sure whether I can say I like it or not The content and subject matter were just so brutal and violent that I couldn t wait to be over with it On the other hand, the writing was good so I kept reading I cannot imagine why any mother would treat her kids the way Rozelle did absolutely horrific Her children especially Tangy Mae are definitely survivors.

  5. says:

    This is an EXCELLENT book I say that because I felt a range of emotions as I turned the pagesrage, sadness, happiness, pityI laughed, I cried.In reading this book I saw through its characters different ways people learn and or choose to survive the hardships of life A person can go through tragedies and people can try to destroy their spirit but there always is a choice They may not be able to choose the hand they have been dealt or control the situation but they always have the option This is an EXCELLENT book I say that because I felt a range of emotions as I turned the pagesrage, sadness, happiness, pityI laughed, I cried.In reading this book I saw through its characters different ways people learn and or choose to survive the hardships of life A person can go through tragedies and people can try to destroy their spirit but there always is a choice They may not be able to choose the hand they have been dealt or control the situation but they always have the option to choose whether they sink or swim I understand by way of Googling that Delores Phillips plans to have a sequel to this book I can t wait I was hoping she had another book available to read, but there are none at this time

  6. says:

    Heart breaking, Disturbing, Sad, Curious story that you just can not stop reading. If that is the introduction that I give it then why did I keep reading Because this is a book you can t put down Like the cruel, startling evening newscast that you just keep watching Like video of an accident you know is about to happen but you can t turn away Because I am a hopeful person I hoped that through all that was happening something would stop the injustice, something would stop the abuse and Heart breaking, Disturbing, Sad, Curious story that you just can not stop reading. If that is the introduction that I give it then why did I keep reading Because this is a book you can t put down Like the cruel, startling evening newscast that you just keep watching Like video of an accident you know is about to happen but you can t turn away Because I am a hopeful person I hoped that through all that was happening something would stop the injustice, something would stop the abuse and pain This was an excellently told story Don t get me wrong I m not disappointed in the authors talents or the story itself at all but there were some hard pills to swallow There is a behind closed doors element to this story of a family being told here and it s raw, it s ugly but I do know it s someone s true story Somewhere 1950 s small town Pakersfield is a poor, degenerate racist backward little place that seems to breed the disfunction of it s residents A stench of hate and ugliness lays over the town like a mist I don t know if it s the town that sevil or the cruel demented mind of Rozelle Quinn I don t want to give the books secrets away but I ll state this Rozelle is a woman with a painful past damaged so badly that she passes on her pain to her 9 children in such tremendously cruel ways that she would put Mommy Dearest to shame This book is a culmination of the towns race issues in the 1950 s and the Quinn families survival at the narcissistic hands of their insanely disturbed mother I d like to say this was touching and bittersweet It wasn t I was so mad sometimes I just couldn t believe some of what I was reading When you thought this nutty B couldn t get any worse she would I must give it to the author for the keeping the readers on the edge of their seat value You never knew what to expect This is a wild ride I am glad to close the book however because I have just had enough Towards the end I remember thinking I can t That there just has to be relief from the pain and destruction It s interesting that this story is being told because sometimes in the African American community and especially this generation in the story, they d shut this type of family history up People, burry these things, never deal with them and end up medicating, re enacting or living as the walking dead because of past pain My heart broke for every one of these characters I am giving this a 5 stars The writing was very good You can t stop reading The subject matter was raw I would recommend I would try other books by this author Definitely good for a reading group or a discussion piece in general

  7. says:

    The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips is soul wrenching horrendous One would never believe that a Mother could so deeply harm a child, let alone 10 of them, emotionally, spiritually, physically and mentally Rozelle is a woman who is Pure Evil She cares for no one, not even herself Unfortunately, the reader never finds out why Rozelle is the way she is She s hateful, spiteful, souless, and completely mental She has 10 children by 10 different men Most are as white as she is with one bein The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips is soul wrenching horrendous One would never believe that a Mother could so deeply harm a child, let alone 10 of them, emotionally, spiritually, physically and mentally Rozelle is a woman who is Pure Evil She cares for no one, not even herself Unfortunately, the reader never finds out why Rozelle is the way she is She s hateful, spiteful, souless, and completely mental She has 10 children by 10 different men Most are as white as she is with one being what she calls A Dummy and the other Dark as her tires This is a Mother who pimps her sons and prostitutes her daughters.They lived in a small town in 50 s and 60 s back when there were signs of segregation and blacks were no longer slaves but instead paid slaves, maids The people in the town had just grown accustomed to the way things were and weren t looking nor asking for change And when one does he dissappears There are many complex characters in this story It is a page turner for sure I just couldn t stop reading about this mass of disfunction.I was disheartened to learn that Ms Phillips hasn t written another novel I wouldn t have thought from the texture and complex nature of this novel, it was her first I m sure I wont forget this book any time soon It is hard for me to write this review without giving away spoilers There s just too much to tell Pick this book up You wont be dissappointed.Some Quotes Took everything out, said I couldn t have no mo , and all I got was a darkie We could feel recognizable anger replace incomprehensible insanity, Mama stood at the edge of the porch dangling our baby sister over the side by one arm I musta been bout leven or twelve when Mama tried to get Mr Frank to screw me Says she lit a match and threw it Just walked on out the damn house and left my sister in there to burn

  8. says:

    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 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 way 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

  9. says:

    Excellent read The mystery behind the mom s mental illness was intriguing.

  10. says:

    This book is quite possibly one of the most disturbing books I ve read And that s why I gave it 4 stars Any book that grab and twist my emotions is a winner I wanted to stop reading it the abuse scenes were cringe worthy Not just the physical aspects, but the mental aspects a part of me just kept asking myself if there are really kids who are living under these conditions and I know there are which made this story all thecompelling.Tangy and her siblings are sympathetically writte This book is quite possibly one of the most disturbing books I ve read And that s why I gave it 4 stars Any book that grab and twist my emotions is a winner I wanted to stop reading it the abuse scenes were cringe worthy Not just the physical aspects, but the mental aspects a part of me just kept asking myself if there are really kids who are living under these conditions and I know there are which made this story all thecompelling.Tangy and her siblings are sympathetically written They have hopes and dreams, the need to be loved All of this despite everything that their mother did to them I like that the end of the book was open ended, instead of wrapped in a neat little package Phillips debut novel is definitely an emotional journey not for the faint of heart.I would recommend this novel for book discussion groups because of the varied topics race relations, child abuse, color issues within the black community, poverty and education Just be prepared to put the book down and walk away for a few minutes

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