Private: Uneven Southern erudition

Lizzie Skurnick offers a review of Delores Phillips’ The Darkest Child, which centers on the efforts of a girl from an impoverished home in the backwoods of Georgia to escape from the life of prostitution that has befallen her mother and her older sisters. Skurnick concludes that the author’s “awkward renderings of accent and erudition make it difficult to concentrate both on the characters and the story.”