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The Darkest Child
The Darkest Child: A Novel | Delores Phillips
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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, 13, 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, shes decided, is of age. This is the story from an era when lifes possibilities for an African-American were unimaginably different. From the Hardcover edition.
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cherinium
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I missed yesterday, so here is my #adventrecommends for Day 7. @emilyrose_x

An eye opening look at how skin color can be judged even by a mother. I was heartbroken as I listened to this #audiobook about how "the darkest child" was singled out and treated differently in a poor black family.

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BookDee
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Good story bad ending, a heavy read... but someone informed me that there was suppose to be a sequel but the author died 🙏🏾

cherinium I listened to the #audiobook for this one and was deeply moved. I don't recall being disappointed by the ending, but it was a while ago. 5mo
BookDee The sister died in the fire and the mother got away with it. 5mo
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NKB2830
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My weekend read! 🧐💕

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erinjohns
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Absolutely heartbreaking from start to finish. Exceptionally well-written...believable. The brokenness of this family was revealed page by page. This will book will make you feel a host of emotions.

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kellyann28
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This sounds like a fun thing to do, thanks @howjessreads
This is my Day 1 post for #31bookpics : My current reads!
About to finish the audio book of The Darkest Child, loving This Monstrous Thing for #LMPBC , and struggling through Red Rising. I think I'm just at a slow part I have to power through.

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Bookpearl
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Happy Anniversary to my Book Pearls!! We celebrated 6 years of laughter, good wine and of course books!

Reviewsbylola That‘s so awesome!! 1y
britt_brooke 💚💚💚 1y
BellaBookNook Love it!!! 1y
BookaholicNatty Love this!!!!!! Happy anniversary you all! ❤️😍📚😘 1y
Nute So beautiful...everyone, a lovely pearl! I love this. Congratulations on your time together. 1y
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Tamra
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Chase isn‘t impressed with my thrifty find today. 😐 He moved twice before I could snap the pic.

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Bookpearl
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Pearls pick for the month of August...

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Nute
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#ReadingResolutions - Child: This is one of the most heartbreaking stories that I have ever read. The searing pain of an unloved child gets underneath your skin. The rage of the reader, as page after page depicts the impact of a mother contributing to her child‘s doubt of self worth, boils in the blood. The illuminating vision of abject poverty is unforgettable. This author paints a landscape of time and era, of disturbances and misery, 👇🏽

Nute of violence and cruelty, of sorrow and racism. Of mental illness. There are so many places of sadness in this book that it feels as if it cannot be read...it cannot be finished. But it is TangyMae‘s story and she deserves to tell it. She should be heard. The burden of what she endures must not be her‘s alone. And the determination to rise above must be witnessed. It is an honest and unflinching narrative and the reader must listen to the end. 👇🏽 (edited) 2y
Nute Recommended! 2y
Tamra 😭 I can‘t bear the thought! (edited) 2y
Dragon A very thoughtful review. Stacking. 2y
Luvlivelyfe I really want to read this book 1y
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BrownGirlReading
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This is one of my TBR shelves. Only book read on it is bone which is an excellent poetry collection. The Darkest Child is being pushed up my TBR. How are your TBR lists looking?

BellaBookNook I wish I only had a TBR shelf. My whole house is a TBR!!!!😊 Unfortunately social media doesn‘t help matters. But I think I have been reading at least one that I own from my TBR a month. So it‘s something right? 😜 2y
BrownGirlReading Girl this is only one shelf! There are five other shelves of TBR! 😱😝 2y
BrownGirlReading @BellaBookNook Me too!😅 I‘m just using these shelves as a way to centralize my reading. You have to take your time with the new releases. Remember there are always going to be new releases..... 2y
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BrownGirlReading
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#readsoullit Photo Challenge Day 23 Cool Shoes and a Book

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Cydster61
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This is a devastating excellent hard necessary read.

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prowlix
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Mehso-so

Unpopular opinion time! And I really wanted to like this debut. Tangy Mae is her mother's darkest child in 1950s rural South dealing with immense poverty. But I just felt like everything was excessively done: 10 children with different fathers, horrible child abuse, mental illness and forced prostitution.

The audio narrator was excellent though. Her use of different accents and intonation for this huge cast was great! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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prowlix
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I keep slowly making progress on this audio. The narrator is great but the content has all the trigger warnings! I may need to start something funny just to offset the cruelty, anyone have any suggestions for palate cleansers?

Centique I tend to use romance or YA or fantasy (light) to break up heavier reading. Maybe something like Sorcerer to the Crown? Or if you like an older English setting, some Jeeves and Wooster? For a cosy mystery Martha Grimes is good too. Good luck! 3y
prowlix @Centique romance had crossed my mind! But I like the idea of a mystery or fantasy too. Something that's fast paced plot might be what I need! Thanks for the advice! 3y
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prowlix
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Next up on my audio! Anyone else really hate it when the book chapters don't match the Audible version chapter lbs? It drives me crazy!

But so far this audio is 💯

Sue Yes!! It drives me nuts too! 3y
prowlix @Sue this is the second book they've done this and it's so distracting! This one even had a "flip the cassette over" break in?! How is there no editing for that! 3y
Sue Flip the cassette? Lol, old school!! 3y
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Kathrin
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I picked up the book at the library for the cover and the title and I am happy I did! This is a very hard book to read for the cruelty of the mother and it being situated in Georgia around the time they started to desegregate the schools. Tangy Mae is a beautiful and strong character with a drive to finish high school despite all obstacles put in her path. This is the author first and only novel so far... I hope she'll pick up the pen again soon!

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Kathrin
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Picked up this book in the library just based on cover and title... so far I don't regret it!

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specklife
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Such a heartbreaking story. Crazy Rozelle and the ever-brave Tangy Mae were real as life to me. Can't wait to read more from this author!

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cherinium
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Gut wrenching. Phillips' powerful imagery and emotional words swept me away into this world of violence, racism and a family striving to survive in any way they can. I came away from this story feeling heartbroken and a little bit hopeful all at the same time. Experiencing this novel as an #audiobook narrated by Cherise Boothe made the experience even richer. All I can say is, Wow!

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cherinium
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My heart is already being wrenched into pieces, and I'm not very far into this powerful novel. #audiobook

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rachelm
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Still processing this book. I've never been so shaken by violence in literature than in TangyMae's story. Set the south during the Civil Rights Era, Rozele's ten children struggle against cruelty, racism, and mental illness. Huge trigger warnings, including a murder that made me burst into tears while driving. The audiobook version is read unflinchingly even when I would have put the book down and walked away.

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rachelm
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Listened to this amazing but sad book much of the day. Taking a break by watching the pilot of an old old old favorite. What do you do to unwind from a stressful day when your book is kind of stressful too?

OSChamberlain I do the same! Jump into a tv show I love. Or play son video games. 3y
LectricSheep Sabrina!! 3y
Marchpane I love to rewatch favourite shows. I almost never reread books but for some reason I love watching shows over and over. 3y
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rachelm @OSChamberlain video games (or board games) are a great idea too :) 3y
BekahB I watch favorite tv shows too! Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Bob's Burgers are my go-to shows lately. 3y
rachelm @LectricSheep it is so 90s fabulous. I forgot how much I loved it 3y
rachelm @BekahB Bob's is one of my favs too! I have to watch the new ones with the hubs though, or he gets upset ;) 3y
KilgoreTrout @BekahB Buffy is one of my go-tos as well! 3y
OffTheBeatenShelf.com I watch a random Netflix documentary. Finders Keepers is my favorite. I watched The Lion In Your Living Room, which is about house cats, tonight and it was delightful. 3y
Zelma HGTV, especially any of the House Hunters iterations. Soothing and relaxing for me. 3y
Moray_Reads Watch anything by David Attenborough. Currently Plane Earth II. I like to save it for that point in the week when it really feels like Friday will never come 😉 3y
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Trina_L
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This book is utterly heartbreaking .

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prowlix
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There's another huge Audible sale going if you are looking for a way to use your credits! I ended up deciding on this and Go Tell it on the Mountain but there are so many good options 🎧

BarbaraTheBibliophage I picked up some good ones!! 3y
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Airykah13
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This was one of those stories that left me sitting in silence after I finished reading the last page. Many emotions ran through me while reading this, mostly anger and frustration. While the material is heavy, I highly recommend it. Sadly the author passed away so I'll never have my ?s answered.

evelynnalfred This book was something else. Whew. 4y
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