Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips (2005)
The narrator of the story is her daughter, Tangy Mae, the darkest skinned of the family, but at the same time the most intelligent. Tangy Mae is desperate to finish high school, but has to work around her mother's demands that she help supplement the family's income by cleaning during the day and accompanying her to work as a prostitute by night. At the same time, Tangy Mae has to take care of and protect her younger siblings, and deal with the rivalries that crop up between her and the older siblings. No one seems to be safe or cherished in the Quinn household at any time. Their mother literally gets away with murder, and not just once, but three times in the course of the book!
Unfortunately, the story ends just as Tangy Mae manages to escape. I would have loved to be able to follow her on her journey out of hell and see how she managed to turn her life around after surviving all she did.