Stand the StormLarge Print - 2008
Even after Sewing Annie Coats and her son Gabriel have managed to buy their freedom, their days are marked by struggle and sacrifice - so much so that Annie sometimes secretly recalls time spent on the plantation with nostalgia. Washington's Georgetown neighborhood, where the Coatses run a tailor shop and laundry, is supposed to be a safe haven for former slaves. But in fact, it's a frontier town - gritty and dangerous.
The remarkable emotional energy with which the Coatses surmount the obstacles they face is what fuels this novel and makes its startling denouement so powerfully affecting.