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Rutland, Eva.
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Ontario, Can. : Mira, 2000.
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474 pages ; 18 cm
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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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A prolific author of series romances, Rutland sets her semiautobiographical story in the very segregated city of Atlanta in the years just prior to World War II. Ann Elizabeth Carter, a member of the black upper class, shocks her family when she chooses to marry Robert Metcalf, a Tuskegee airman, over one of her father's physician colleagues. Following Rob across the country, Ann Elizabeth encounters an America much different from the one she knew growing up in her genteel, sheltered household. Encountering racism in the armed forces, in the neighborhood, and in the schools, Rob and Ann Elizabeth struggle to provide a safe environment for their children, while at the same time challenging the racist status quo. Spanning much of the 20th century, Rutland's work was originally released as a 480-page mass market paperback. Abridged to a two-cassette audiobook, the tale becomes rather disjointed. Capably narrated by Donna Washington, this is suitable for romance collections.√ĄBeth Farrell, Portage Cty. Dist. Lib., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.