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BOOKCLUB - The Darkest Child
Let's get reading and discussing! Our first selection is the "The Darkest Child" by Delores Phillips. You have 4 weeks for this quick read, but don't let not completing the book keep you from enjoying a lively discussion. Summary of "The Darkest Child" Pakersfield, Georgia, 1958: Thirteen-year-old Tangy Mae Quinn is the sixth of ten fatherless siblings. She is the darkest-skinned among them and therefore the ugliest in her mother, Rozelle’s, estimation, but she’s also the brightest. Rozelle—beautiful, charismatic, and light-skinned—exercises a violent hold over her children. Fearing abandonment, she pulls them from school at the age of twelve and sends them to earn their keep for the household, whether in domestic service, in the fields, or at “the farmhouse” on the edge of town, where Rozelle beds local men for money. But Tangy Mae has been selected to be part of the first integrated class at a nearby white high school. She has a chance to change her life, but can she break from Rozelle’s grasp without ruinous—even fatal—consequences? Next month's book selection is Trevor Noah's hilarious autobiography "Born A Crime" which already has big screen plans starring Lupita Nyong. Also very interested in reading Michelle Obama's upcoming book as Barack's "Dreams of My Father" was an excellent read. Of course, we can always discuss other great books to read. As you read the book mark page numbers and passages that stand out for you. Please bring a question that you would like to discuss with the group and a snack/appetizer to share. Every six weeks we will vote on and discuss a paperback book (budget friendly) that enables us to dive into a world view or experience that is different from our own. These may be fiction or autobiographical books, but the intention is to broaden our perceptions of people and the world around us. Here are a few general questions that we will use to jump start our discussions: 1. The circumstance that sets the book in motion is called the inciting moment. What was the inciting moment of this book? 2. Describe the character development. Who did you identify with? Did your opinions about any of the characters change over the course of the novel? 3. How does the author use language and imagery to bring the characters to life? Did the book's characters or style in any way remind you of another book? 4. What do you believe is the message the author is trying to convey to the reader? What did you learn from this book? Was it educational in any way? 5. Why do you think the author chose the title? Is there a significant meaning behind it? 6. Is there a part of the novel you didn't understand? Are you confused by a character's actions or the outcome of an event? 7. Do you think the setting, both time and location, played a large roll in this novel? Could it have happened anywhere, at anytime? If so, how would the novel have changed? 8. In your opinion, is the book entertaining? Explain why or why not. 9. What is your favorite passage? 10. How did this book touch your life? Can you relate to it on any level?

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