No Crystal Stair was the second book read by ReadSistahread@egroups.com -- 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!