On the Rooftop by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton audiobook

On the Rooftop: A Novel

By Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Read by Robin Miles

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780063139961

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798212034678

  • ISBN: 9798212034661

  • ISBN: 9798212034685

Runtime: 10.49 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A Reese’s Book Club Pick of the Month

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

A Reese’s Book Club Pick

“An utterly original and brilliant story.” –Reese Witherspoon

A stunning novel about a mother whose dream of musical stardom for her three daughters collides with the daughters’ ambitions for their own lives—set against the backdrop of gentrifying 1950s San Francisco

At home they are just sisters, but on stage, they are The Salvations. Ruth, Esther, and Chloe have been singing and dancing in harmony since they could speak. Thanks to the rigorous direction of their mother, Vivian, they’ve become a bona fide girl group whose shows are the talk of the Jazz-era Fillmore.

Now Vivian has scored a once-in-a-lifetime offer from a talent manager, who promises to catapult The Salvations into the national spotlight. Vivian knows this is the big break she’s been praying for. But sometime between the hours of rehearsal on their rooftop and the weekly gigs at the Champagne Supper Club, the girls have become women, women with dreams that their mother cannot imagine.

The neighborhood is changing, too: all around the Fillmore, white men in suits are approaching Black property owners with offers. One sister finds herself called to fight back, one falls into the comfort of an old relationship, another yearns to make her own voice heard. And Vivian, who has always maintained control, will have to confront the parts of her life that threaten to splinter: the community, The Salvations, and even her family.

Warm, gripping, and wise, with echoes of Fiddler on the Roof, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s latest novel is a moving family portrait from “a writer of uncommon nerve and talent” (New York Times Book Review).

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Irresistible.” Los Angeles Times
“A powerhouse novel.” San Francisco Chronicle
“A masterful examination of family and community that celebrates the legacy of Black dreams and determination…Sexton’s work entertains and inspires at the same time, and with On the Rooftop, she urges us to find comfort in the triumphs of our past.” BookPage

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Author

Author Bio: Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Author Bio: Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton studied creative writing at Dartmouth and law at the University of California, Berkeley. A recipient of the Lombard fellowship, she spent a year in the Dominican Republic working for a civil-rights organization and writing her first manuscript, A Kind of Freedom, which received an honorable mention in the Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest. Her stories have been published or are forthcoming in Grey Sparrow Journal, Limestone Journal, and Broad! magazine, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 10.49
Audience: Adult
Language: English