The Darkest Child - Delores Phillips & Tayari Jones

The Darkest Child

Author: Delores Phillips & Tayari Jones

  • Publication Date: 2004-01-01
  • Category: African American
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 454 Ratings)


Pakersfield, Georgia, 1958: 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 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 money.
But 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?


  • Great Book

    By TippyToes83
    Starts off slow but very entertaining will keep you interested.
  • Loved it!

    By mRose.
    This is a great read! A page turner for sure!
  • Darkest child

    By Bookclub 10
    One of the saddest books I ever read. Insanity, disfunction, miss guided beliefs and morals ran rampant through this world. Sometimes I didn’t believe it could happen or I refused to believe. The writing was moving and painted the characters in colors of hope when ever there was a chance in this very sad story.
  • Could not stop reading

    By ZaShea
    This book is soooooooo good. It’ll have you entrapped and so involved with the story that you just want to keep reading.
  • The Darkest Child

    By Pickles 7
    Don’t read this book if your looking for a happy outcome. This book is not for the light hearted. It was hard to read but hard to put down. It’s set at the beginning of the civil rights movement so reading how black people were treated is disheartening and unbelievably sad but very truthful. You have that whole dimension then the main characters treatment of her children and the outcomes of their lives is just dark. Like I said don’t read if your looking for a happy outcome but this book definitely draws you in and you have to get to the end to see if something changes.
  • The Darkest Child

    By Splice98
    One of the best books I’ve ever read! I️ hope to see a sequel soon. We have to know what happens with Tangy Mae and the rest of the Quinns’
  • Amazing

    By France's babyboi
    One of the best books I’ve ever read ! What an amazing well written masterpiece ...
  • 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

    By LaKeEllie
    Greatest book ever
  • The Darkest Child

    By Sannwitch
    I just finished reading this book. I loved it, it really resonated with me! All the characters in this book were in search of some type of love that just seemed to elude them. The only thing that remained was pain, hurt and miscommunication! You would assume that Rosie was the antagonist, but you would be wrong, just like her kids, she learned her behavior somewhere!
  • Read this book!!!

    By Themissus78
    One of the best books I've read in a long time! I'm searching for other books by this author now