February Book of the Month: The Darkest Child

“In an extraordinary fictional debut, Delores Phillips delivers a narrative with the kind of brutal force that renders a reader breathless…. A captivating and emotional tale, The Darkest Child is a narrative as much about hate as it is about love.”  —Noir! African-American Book Review

After all the books nominations and over 150 votes cast…Mocha Girls Read February book selection winner is The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips.  Take a minute to see what this book and the author are all about.


Rozelle Quinn is so fair-skinned that she can pass for white. Yet everyone in her small Georgia town knows. Rozelle’s ten children (by ten different daddies) are mostly light, too. They sleep on the floor in her drafty, rickety three-room shack and live in fear of her moods and temper. But they are all vital to her. They occupy the only world she rules and controls. They multiply her power in an otherwise cruel and uncaring universe.

Rozelle favors her light-skinned kids, but insists that they all love and obey her unquestioningly. Tangy Mae, thirteen, is her brightest but darkest-complected child. Tangy wants desperately to continue with her education. Shockingly, the highest court in the land has just ruled that Negroes may go to school with whites. 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.

Author Biography

Delores Phillips was born in Georgia. She is a graduate of Cleveland State University and works as a nurse in a facility for abused women and children in Cleveland. This is her first novel.


Congratulations to Mocha Girl Delores for becoming Mocha Girls Read book for the month for February 2012.

Feel free to leave comments and thoughts here as you are reading the book. I’m looking forward to reading this book and hearing what everyone thinks of it.

Keep the pages turning!

♥Mocha Girl Alysia♥

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  • Rochelle

    Good Morning Mocha Girls I am looking forward to reading this book good choice!

  • The story sounds fascinating and heartbreaking all at the same time. I’m looking forward to seeing how you all like the book.

  • Amobiye

    I’ve actually never heard of either the author or book but am excited for the new find. I am anxiously looking forward to begin reading . . .

    • Amobiye I am so glad your will be reading with us! That is what we are about introducing new books, authors and just enjoying a good book together.

  • I’ve been wanting to read this since I saw it on Amazon. Sure it’s gonna be a painful read.

  • Great book. I enjoyed it a lot. I did a book review on my blog some time ago. I think you will enjoy it. It’s a shame Delores Phillips never wrote another book after this one.

    • I heard great things about it and I am really looking forward to reading this one.

  • elania

    i’m happy that we are going to read this book can’t wait.

  • I’m very late but just saw this on the sidebar and I have been anxious to read this book. I started it on my kindle but I want the hard cover because I feel the best books need to sit on my shelf. Will pick up today and even if I’m not officially joined I will read along with everyone. I know this is an excellent choice!!!

  • Jade

    Just finished and thinking about reading again… Definitely a page turner

  • I picked it up over the weekend to keep me and my sick son company. Definitely tears at your heart. Makes me ask very personal questions of myself as a mother

  • This book is a beautiful struggle. I really enjoyed it.

  • Manesha C.

    I rarely give 5 stars in my reviews, but this book was definitely deserving of that and so much more!! Ms. Phillips spun a tragically beautiful story had me captivated from the first page, I was so angry when I had to put it down to go to work. It reminded me of my grandmother, she was from New Orleans and once told me that she ran away from home because her mother tried to sell her off at the age of 13 to an older man for a cow. It’s deplorable how young black women and girls were undervalued and treated back then. I never wanted it to end. I don’t want to give too much away, but read this book.

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