Join us one Sunday a month for brunch to discuss our monthly selection. Our monthly selections consist of novels, memoirs, and self care books. We discuss, brunch, laugh, and enjoy each other’s company at black owned establishments. Everyone has an open invitation to join. This is a safe place to discuss, be transparent, and authentic. No judgement. Sometimes the topics drawn from books can be heavy.
Our April selection is “The Darkest Child” by Delores Philip. The setting is during the Jim Crow Era so our location is Sweet Ga Juke Joint at 11am on April 28.
Bakersfield, 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?
Mama presents the social, communal, psychological, and individual story of Mildred Peacock and her struggles to achieve a satisfying life for herself and her children. Mildred is a resident of Point Haven, Michigan, an industrial town about ninety miles from Detroit.
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