A new edition of this award-winning modern classic, with a new introduction In 1958 Georgia, the shade of a 13-year-old black girl's skin can make the difference in her fate. Tangy Mae is the smartest of her mother's ten children, but she is also the darkest-complected. The Quinns-all different skin shades, all with unknown fathers-live with their charismatic, beautiful, and tyrannical mother, Rozelle, in poverty on the fringes of a Georgia town where Jim Crow rules. Rozelle's children live in fear of her mood swings and her violence, but they are devoted to her. Rozelle pulls her children out of school when they are twelve years old so that they can help support her by going to work-as domestics, as field laborers, or down at "the farmhouse," where Rozelle takes her oldest daughters to turn tricks for her. Tangy Mae has been offered the opportunity to apply to an integrated high school, and might even have the chance to graduate if she can somehow avoid her sisters' fate. Can she break from Rozelle's grasp without violent-even fatal-consequences?
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by Jewell Parker Rhodes
by Louise Troh, Christine Wicker
by Helen Oyeyemi
by Neil Phillips, Dana Phillips
by Arthur Phillips
by John Phillips
by Carly Phillips
by Gary Phillips
"Bahni Turpin brings her formidable talents to bear as she narrates the story of 13-year-old Tangy Mae Quinn, a smart, dark-skinned girl who, along with her 10 brothers and sisters, lives in mortal fear of her unpredictable and shockingly abusive mother, Rozelle. It is 1958, and the Quinns live in abject poverty, eased only by the few dollars that Rozelle makes farming her children out for manual labor and even prostitution. Turpin's narration blends seamlessly with Phillips's writing, creating a seductive, meandering story punctuated by moments of unspeakable violence. Turpin's characterizations are outstanding--unique, perfectly accented voices ring with authenticity. Listeners will be deeply affected by her nuanced portrayal of dutiful Tangy Mae, a girl who deserves so much more than the life she's been given. S.A.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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