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On the Rooftop

Auteur(s): Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Narrateur(s): Robin Miles
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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).

©2022 Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Philly DIY
  • 2022-09-30

BRILLIANT

The depth and the development of each character allows you to understand the depth of each of them. This story is not to be missed.

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  • Andre
  • 2022-09-15

Wonderful Revelation

I love this book. It tells the story of a trio of talented sisters and their overbearing mother growing up in the doomed Fillmore District in San Francisco during the late 1950s before redevelopers bulldozed the entire African American neighborhood for a profit. Known as "the Harlem of the West" because of its plethora of jazz clubs, the Fillmore is as much a character in the novel as the people. It pains me to see its demise. I won't give much away about the plot, but I found myself rooting for all three sisters and their mother as they battled ambition, disappointment, and the wrecking ball. This novel paints a vivid picture of a time, place, and people readers will not soon forget. I highly recommend this.

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  • AmyHH
  • 2022-09-13

JUST WONDERFUL

Such a beautiful story and such an enthralling narration. There really aren't any other words I can say to do it justice. I only wish I could start it all over again for the first time. 🎶🥰🎶🥰🎶🥰❤️❤️❤️

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  • Alexandra V.
  • 2023-05-24

Decent…but the ending is off

Seems like they rushed to finish or didn’t finish with a full story. Took me a while to finish.

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  • 2023-05-15

Basic

No depth. Reads more like a screenplay. Really didn’t enjoy it, but read it until the end for my Bookclub.

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  • 2023-02-26

Wonderful!

Well, written, and a wonderful story! Our book club picked this book, and I am so glad!

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  • Taylor
  • 2023-02-20

So boring

Surprised I made it through this book. There was almost no conflict; just an incredibly boring story.

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  • RW
  • 2023-02-11

Brilliant!

I loved the relationships and all it’s complexities. It was captivating all the way though

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  • 2023-01-29

Just brilliant

From the first chapter of this brilliantly-written story I was immediately invested and rooting for Vivian and her daughters even when they were at odds with each other or battling against the infuriating inevitability of gentrification. Sexton-Wilkerson humanizes the displacement of the black community in the Fillmore district of San Francisco with a narrative that will stay with you. Bravo Margaret.

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  • Sarah Gonzalez
  • 2023-01-23

Family dynamics, gentrification, and love

This is a beautifully written novel that focuses on a mother and her three daughters. It shows love it all its forms, and it shines a spotlight on the terrible price that is paid when gentrification takes over a neighborhood.