The Darkest Child

The Darkest Child

By Delores Phillips

Soho Press, Paperback, 9781569473788, 400pp.

Publication Date: January 2005

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.

"From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author
Delores Phillips was born in Bartow County, Georgia in 1950, the second of four children. She graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and works as a nurse at a state psychiatric hospital. Her work has appeared in Jean's Journal, Black Times, and The Crisis. She has lived in Cleveland, Ohio since 1964.