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The Darkest Child: A Novel
by Delores Phillips

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List Price: $15.95
Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Classification: Fiction
ISBN13: 9781569473788
Imprint: Soho Press
Publisher: Soho Press
Parent Company: Soho Press
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Book Description:
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, 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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