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No Crystal Stair (MIRA) [Mass Market Paperback]

Eva Rutland
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18 Aug 2000 MIRA
Growing up in Atlanta during the 1920s and 1930s as a member of the black privileged class, Ann Elizabeth Carter, the daughter of a doctor and granddaughter of a slave, comes face to face with the realities of prejudice and segregation when she marries Robert Metcalf, a black pilot stationed at Tusk

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 474 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books (18 Aug 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551665190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551665191
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,893,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful emotionally provocative book! 1 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Eva Rutland's book is a triumph. Its Fried Green Tomatoes meets Wild Swans. Though focussed on the life of a black woman throughout turbulent twentieth century America, she manages to insert humor and great sensitivity in her writing. This book will have you laughing and crying at the same time as being shocked at the disgusting treatment some black people have experienced over the last 100 years. I thoroughly enjoyed it, a highly recommended read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheds Light on early 1900s Black Elite 13 Aug 2000
By Debbie Behan Garrett - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
No Crystal Stair was the second book read by -- an online African American book club.
All of the characters in No Crystal Stair were well-developed, quite believeable people. Even Julia Belle, the mother of the main character, who would have been considered a snob by most, was very believeable and really was "down for the cause."
You'll delight in seeing the young Ann Elizabeth, the main character, blossom into a grown woman. You'll admire her brother Randy and his too-dark-for-his-mother's-taste, girlfriend Sadie. Dr. Carter, Ann Elizabeth's father, and her husband, Rob, were also very likeable characters.
This book opened my eyes to the reality of the early 1900s Black Elite. In a class and society all their own, the Carter family still had to deal with the struggles of being black in America. Their wealth did not render them immune to unfair treatment here. The reader will venture through the 1940's pre and post-war period up to the 1970s Black Power Movement.
No Crystal Stair is a very well-written, good read! Pick it up to read today!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ!!!! 31 Aug 2000
By A Customer - Published on
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I just finished reading, "No Crystal Stair" by Eva Rutland. This was a FANTASTIC novel. I highly reccomend it to anyone who enjoy historical, afrocentric, romance stories. It wasn't heavy on romance, so to speak. It talked about family, and the true love that's found there. This story covered several generations (1920's through the 1990's), and I give this novel my highest rating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Introduction To The Black Elite 9 April 2000
By Morris Johnson Sr. - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book introduces the black elite - a group with which few are familiar. It follows them from the late 1920's into the new millennium, through the civil rights struggle. It is basically a sort of historical love story. The characters are real. We can applaud their accomplishments, even when we disagree with their lifestyles. It is a slice of African American history which has seldom been made public and it is a great read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Crystal Stair: a touching story about love, family & life 12 April 2003
By J. P. - Published on
This book is a wonderful story that touches your heart and shows you the true beauty of the human spirit. The characters are wonderful and lovable and they literally come alive for you; one cannot help but care for and about them. A wonderful tale of family, love, death, life, war, racism, and every other aspect that you can imagine. It will appeal to all different ages and types.

The race aspect of the book is very interesting and eye-opening. Due to the fact that it starts in the 1920s and spans until present day (or around there) it can really appeal to everyone and can also be very educational. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to read a book which will make them laugh, cry, and most of all, love.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I Picked It Up 6 Aug 2003
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This novel by Eva Rutland was something that I just happen to see in the bookstore needing something to read on a train ride. It was a great read and for someone born in the 1970's it gave another aspect of the "high fallutin'" people blacks for the 1940's. The "n" word was used often so for those that are a bit sensitive to the usage...just a warning. It didn't take anything from the book or the author and I suggest that you still read the book. Great work Ms. Rutland and I'll look for future works!
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