Thursday, July 5, 2018
The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips
Devastatingly sad, this is a haunting tale of Tangy Mae, one of 10 children whose mother is insane. When the story begins, Tangy is 13 years old and her mother claims to be dying, although in reality, she is in labor. Tangy and her siblings live in abject poverty in the late 1950s in Georgia in a tumble down shack with no electricity. When each daughter is old enough, or not, their mother forces them to join her in the oldest profession. Tangy is the smartest of the siblings and the only one with the desire and opportunity to graduate from high school. The book is well-written, raw, sad and makes you think.