Eva Rutland

Author of more than 20 novels and winner of the 2000 Golden Pen Award for Lifetime Achievement

Books by Eva

When We Were Colored: A Mother's Story

WHEN WE WERE COLORED chronicles the lives of an ordinary yet extraordinary "colored" family as they move from segregation to integration during the turbulent civil rights era of the 1950s and 60s.  

Beyond the lunch counter sit-ins, the freedom rides and church bombings, black Americans went about their day to day lives with a fearful but quiet determination, moving into newly integrated schools, neighborhoods and work places. Veteran novelist Eva Rutland tells their true story from her special vantage point of  "colored" wife and mother who lived it.

Achingly poignant at times, funny at others, always down to earth, it is the story of a transformative age, as relevant today as it was "When We Were Colored..."

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No Crystal Stair


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NO CRYSTAL STAIR tells the remarkable story of Ann Elizabeth Carter and through her the remarkable story of black Americans in the twentieth century. Though "colored," as the daughter of a physician and his socialite wife, Ann Elizabeth is raised in the privileged and comfortable world of Atlanta's black elite. Still, she endures the dangers and rank discrimination faced by even well-off blacks in the Deep South.

When Ann Elizabeth marries Tuskegee Airman Robert Metcalf during World War II, their world broadens to encompass war-torn Germany, postwar Los Angeles, school integration, marches and sit-ins of the civil rights era, cold war Europe, and the black separatist movement of the 196s and early 1970s.

No Crystal Stair is fiction, but Rutland weaves real events throughout a tale that closely parallels that of her own life and the lives of millions of her fellow black citizens as America made its slow, steady progress toward racial equality.

"A well-crafted, compelling romance that does not gloss over the realities of prejudice, making for sometimes uncomfortable, but eye-opening reading."

Library Journal

"Ms. Rutland's novel looks squarely at the color and class consciousness that pervades the black community, and it tackles interracial relationships as well... well-written and intriguing."

Spelman Messenger

"Eva Rutland's semiautobiographical novel takes its title from a stanza in Langston Hughes' 1922 poem 'Mother to Son.' Both the poem and the vovel carry messages of hope and perseverance in the face of life's disappointments. It's worth a look."

Gwendolyn Osborne, The Romance Reader