No Crystal Stair

  • by Eva Rutland
  • Narrated by Donna Washington
  • 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ann Elizabeth Carter grew up in the segregated Atlanta of the 1920s and 1930s, part of the black privileged class, the much-loved daughter of a doctor, and the granddaughter of a slave. She was a charming, confident young woman with a well-planned life ahead of her.Then she upset all those plans when she fell in love. It was 1942 and Robert Metcalf was a member of the first black unit in the Army Air Corps, stationed at Tuskegee, Alabama.
For the first time, she left her sheltered life in Atlanta to marry Rob. For the first time, she had to learn what it really meant to be a black woman in 20th-century America.
During the decades that followed, Ann Elizabeth's life, and her marriage, were shaped by the changes that shook the country, that redefined it. During those decades, she learned the truth of a lifetime. You have to guard the love you find, and overcome the hate that finds you.

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What the Critics Say

"Optimistic, lightly humorous, and filled with an abundance of appealing characters, this is a well-crafted, compelling romance that does not gloss over the realities of prejudice." (Library Journal)

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Customer Reviews

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This book really is not a Crystal Stair

This book had great appeal initially, but developed into a trite and predictable story. The abridged version was choppy, particularly at the end when you realize that the daughter goes from elementary school to Stanford in 1 chapter.
I would not recommend this one.
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- Akida

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-28-2006
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books S.A.