The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips is a novel about a preteen coming of age in a dysfunctional home and community with dreams of escaping both by obtaining an education. Beginning in 1958, the book follows Tangy Mae Quinn over roughly four years of her life in a small town in Georgia.
Tangy is the middle and darkest child of her mother, Rozelle’s, ten children. Rozelle likely has some undiagnosed mental issues that coupled with her selfishness and immaturity give rise to very problematic parenting. Thus far Rozelle has pulled her children out of school by age 12 so they could work to help support the household. But her plans for Tangy seem bound to go off track with the introduction of integration and Tangy recognizing the potential future she could have with an education.
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