Stand the Storm: A Novel

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"Passionate, dramatic, and uplifting" (Washington Post), Stand the Storm is an "evocative, historically rich" novel (Time) from the author of River, Cross My Heart set among the free African American community of pre-Civil War Washington, DC.

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.

"A gripping novel about a family's heart-wrenching journey out of slavery." --Baltimore Sun
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About the author

Breena Clarke grew up in Washington, DC, and was educated at Webster College and Howard University. She is the author of two widely praised novels, River, Cross My Heart, which was a selection of Oprah's Book Club, and Stand the Storm. She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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Publisher
Little, Brown
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Published on
Jul 28, 2008
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Pages
336
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ISBN
9780316032681
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / African American / Historical
Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / Literary
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Content protection
This content is DRM protected.
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Available on Android devices
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Eligible for Family Library

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