On The Roof Top
A novel of music, love, and the colliding dreams of mothers and daughters in gentrifying 1950s San Francisco.
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At home they are just sisters, but onstage, 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 sometimes 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 Rood, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s latest novel is a moving family portrait from “a writer of uncommon never and talent” (New York Times Book Review).
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