The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips audiobook

The Darkest Child

By Delores Phillips
Read by Bahni Turpin

Recorded Books Inc.
15.39 Hours 1
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A new edition of this award-winning modern classic, with a new introduction In 1958 Georgia, the shade of a 13-year-old black girl's skin can make the difference in her fate. Tangy Mae is the smartest of her mother's ten children, but she is also the darkest-complected. The Quinns-all different skin shades, all with unknown fathers-live with their charismatic, beautiful, and tyrannical mother, Rozelle, in poverty on the fringes of a Georgia town where Jim Crow rules. Rozelle's children live in fear of her mood swings and her violence, but they are devoted to her. Rozelle pulls her children out of school when they are twelve years old so that they can help support her by going to work-as domestics, as field laborers, or down at "the farmhouse," where Rozelle takes her oldest daughters to turn tricks for her. Tangy Mae has been offered the opportunity to apply to an integrated high school, and might even have the chance to graduate if she can somehow avoid her sisters' fate. Can she break from Rozelle's grasp without violent-even fatal-consequences?

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Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

On the ALA Listen List for Outstanding Audiobook Narration

Nominated for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award

An ALA Notable Books - Winner

A new edition of this award-winning modern classic, with a new introduction In 1958 Georgia, the shade of a 13-year-old black girl's skin can make the difference in her fate. Tangy Mae is the smartest of her mother's ten children, but she is also the darkest-complected. The Quinns-all different skin shades, all with unknown fathers-live with their charismatic, beautiful, and tyrannical mother, Rozelle, in poverty on the fringes of a Georgia town where Jim Crow rules. Rozelle's children live in fear of her mood swings and her violence, but they are devoted to her. Rozelle pulls her children out of school when they are twelve years old so that they can help support her by going to work-as domestics, as field laborers, or down at "the farmhouse," where Rozelle takes her oldest daughters to turn tricks for her. Tangy Mae has been offered the opportunity to apply to an integrated high school, and might even have the chance to graduate if she can somehow avoid her sisters' fate. Can she break from Rozelle's grasp without violent-even fatal-consequences?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Filled with grand plot events and clearly identifiable villains and victims…Lush with detail and captivating with its story of racial tension and family violence.” Washington Post Book World
“Evil’s regenerative powers and one girl’s fierce resistance…A book that deserves a wide audience.” Cleveland Plain Dealer
“In this stunning new recording of Phillips’ unsparing novel, Turpin embodies resilient thirteen-year-old Tangy Mae Quinn…capturing both her sorrow and generous spirit.” American Library Association (audio review)
“Bahni Turpin brings her formidable talents to bear as she narrates the story of thirteen-year-old Tangy Mae Quinn…Turpin’s narration blends seamlessly with Phillips’ writing, creating a seductive, meandering story punctuated by moments of unspeakable violence. Turpin’s characterizations are outstanding—unique, perfectly accented voices ring with authenticity. Listeners will be deeply affected by her nuanced portrayal of dutiful Tangy Mae, a girl who deserves so much more than the life she’s been given. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Delores Phillips

Author Bio: Delores Phillips

Delores Phillips (1950–2014) was born in Bartow County, Georgia, the second of four children. She graduated from Cleveland State University with a bachelor of arts degree in English and worked as a nurse at a state psychiatric hospital. The is the author of one novel, The Darkest Child, and her work has appeared in Jean’s Journal, Black Times, and The Crisis.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 15.39
Audience: Adult
Language: English