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On the Rooftop: A Reese's Book Club Pick

On the Rooftop: A Reese's Book Club Pick

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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).

Author: Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Publisher: Ecco Press
Published: 09/06/2022
Pages: 304
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.98lbs
Size: 9.17h x 6.26w x 1.13d
ISBN: 9780063139961

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 04/01/2022 pg. 8
Publishers Weekly 07/11/2022
Booklist 08/01/2022 pg. 23
Library Journal 09/01/2022 pg. 137
BookPage 09/01/2022
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