Mairuth Sarsfield No Crystal Stair: A Novel

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No Crystal Stair: A Novel

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Follows the life of Marion Willow, a Black widow in Quebec during the 1940s, who attempts to raise her three daughters with dignity despite the limitations placed on her due to segregation

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Mairuth Sarsfield was born and bred in Montreal and has lived and worked in New York; East and West Africa; Washington, D.C.; Papua New Guinea; and Japan. She is the recipient of the Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Quebec, and was honoured in Cleveland, Ohio, with a ""Mairuth Sarsfield Day."" She has also served as communications expert on global information themes for the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi. Mairuth lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, with her husband, Dominic.

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YA--Set in a black community in Quebec during the 1940s, this is a sensitive and heartwarming tale of a courageous woman making her way in a world that does not recognize her diversity or culture. Marion Willow, widowed with three girls, works two jobs to provide for them. Upright and self-sufficient, she is determined that her children will grow up to be dignified and educated despite the difficulties of being black. Marion is surrounded by a supportive community, including Edmond Thompson, a longtime friend of her deceased husband who is trained as a chemist but works as a railroad porter because of segregation. Young Otis, Edmond's nephew, also finds himself faced with limited opportunities because of class and color. He and his co-worker from the states ease their pain by frequenting the jazz clubs that feature many Harlem artists. YAs will be engrossed in the subplots due to the well-developed characters and the predicaments that shape their destiny. Emily, adopted at age 13, is a mulatto orphan. Faced with abandonment, sickle cell anemia, and no stability, she is welcomed with openness and security by her new sisters, 12-year-old Pippa and 8-year-old Effie. Readers will find these characters convincing and will enjoy watching them mature. A fresh and original story of the black experience in Canada.

Connie Freeman, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN

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