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The Darkest Child

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Bahni Turpin

15 Hours 24 Minutes

Recorded Books

January 2018

Audio Book Summary

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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  • Tammy B

    This was a good book until the ending. It’s like the author didn’t finish the book. I was so upset by the ending.

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  • Marguerite V.

    Great narrating!enjoyed the characters very much

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  • Susan M.

    This was long, like 15 hours, but it kept me engrossed. Until the end. Even for a book with a sequel, this was no ending. Nothing was resolved and no point to the future. But the descriptions of life on the fringes, in the Jim Crow South, were vivid, horrifying, fascinating.

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  • Adrienne R.

    Good storyline with characters you come to care for. Would have loved to complete the second book.

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  • Travis H

    This book open my eyes to the untold story of family members and how you can make it through any despairing situation

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  • Anonymous

    I have learned so much from this book. I have fallen in love with the characters. the narrator is very good at this book.

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  • Jess A.

    How do I write a review that conveys what a beautiful and heartbreaking story this is? This story really touched me and the narrator was perfect. Most importantly, it gave me a different perspective and made me think more about current racial issues in the US. It’s hard for me to understand how different life is as a person of color and how some of us take our lives for granted. Other than the racial themes, the author does a phenomenal job of telling the story through the eyes of a pre-teen girl growing up in the south and all the emotions that go along with it. I’m not sure what happened at the end. It’s almost as if the author finished a sentence and decided she was done. That was disappointing but overall the book was great!

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  • Roxie Y.

    The narrator was phenomenal! She seemed to effortlessly be all the characters in the book. Heart breaking story that you just hoped would result in triumph for some of its characters, but that wasn’t the case. Great writing though. I needed more and didn’t like the introduction of the sequel nor the way it ended.

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  • Anonymous

    good books would love to see more like it

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  • Janay R.

    Very deep and although very sad, it is very moving.

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