And yet another great summer read up for grabs! I’ve got 5 copies of Stand the Storm by Breena Clarke to share with my readers courtesy of Valerie of Hachette Book Group. What we have here is yet another great book club read! You can find a terrific reading group guide here to assist you with the great conversation that will be generated by this book. My book club, the Page Turners, is really looking forward to reading this one this summer as it is one of our monthly selections. Here’s a bit about the book…
Even though former slaves Annie Coats and her son Gabriel have managed to buy their freedom, their lives are still marked by constant struggle and sacrifice–to the extent that Annie secretly recalls her days on the plantation with fondness. Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood, where the Coatses are seeking to build their new lives–with Gabriel, a tailor, producing uniforms for soldiers and fine suits for pompous politicians, and Annie, a seamstress and laundress, catering to the nearby brothels and stately homes–is supposed to be a safe haven, a “promised land” for former slaves, but is effectively a frontier town, gritty and dangerous, with no laws protecting black people.
In fact, the city’s own emancipation efforts in 1862 serve only to compromise the Coats family’s status, putting Gabriel’s three young daughters (each of them born free of free parents) at risk of becoming the property of the Coatses’ former master. The remarkable emotional energy with which the Coatses rise their daily battles–as they negotiate with their former owner, as they assist other former slaves en route to freedom, as they prepare for the encroaching war, and as they struggle to love each other enough–is what fuels this novel and makes its tragic denoument so devastating.
Visit Breena Clarke’s website here.
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This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents only (no PO boxes). I will draw for the winners on Tuesday, June 30, 2009. Good luck everyone!