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On the Rooftop
Written by:
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton 
Read by:
Megan Gage 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
10 hours 23 minutes 
February 01 2023 
Available Date:
February 01 2023 
Age Category:
Fiction; Historical Fiction 
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Bestselling author
New York Times bestselling author
Award winning author
A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

A stunning story 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. 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 neighbourhood 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.

'What happens when a mother’s well-intentioned aspirations for her offspring conflict with her daughter’s ever-changing vision of herself? In Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s showstopper of a third novel, On the Rooftop, this theme is explored with compassion, clear-eyed perception and been-around-the-block delivery. And when placed within the context of racial segregation and prejudice in midcentury America, the results are soul-shaking…. A powerhouse novel.'
San Francisco Chronicle

'An expansive, big-hearted work of historical fiction about family, love and what happens when children grow up to chase dreams their parents never imagined for them.'
Good Housekeeping

'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.'