Stand the Storm by Breena Clarke
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Even though Sewing Annie Coats and her son, Gabriel, have managed to buy their freedom, their lives are still marked by constant struggle and sacrifice. Washington's Georgetown neighborhood, where the Coatses operate a tailor's shop and laundry, is supposed to be a "promised land" for former slaves but is effectively a frontier town, gritty and dangerous, with no laws protecting black people.
The remarkable emotional energy with which the Coatses wage their daily battles-as they negotiate with their former owner, as they assist escaped slaves en route to freedom, as they prepare for the encroaching war, and as they strive to love each other enough-is what propels STAND THE STORM and makes the novel's tragic denouement so devastating.

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Breena Clarke grew up in Washington, DC, and was educated at Webster College and Howard University. Her one previous novel, RIVER, CROSS MY HEART, was a selection of Oprah's Book Club and became an international bestseller.
Published July 28, 2008 by Little, Brown and Company. 329 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The war further threatens the group, as owners attempt to reclaim freed slaves while “contrabands” (slaves following Union soldiers) flood the city which, now more than ever, is a heaving mass of soldiers, rats, disease, disorder and opportunism.

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Breena Clarke’s debut novel, River, Cross My Heart, about the legacy of slavery in the 1920s, was an Oprah Book Club selection.

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