The Darkest Child
By Delores Phillips
(Soho Press, Paperback, 9781569473788, 400pp.)
Publication Date: January 2005
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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.