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Stand The Storm, Breena Clarke’s searing historical novel, set in 19th century Washington, D.C. is available in a special

African-American historical fiction promotion from

Hachette Book Group.

 STAND THE STORM special promotion

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.

This is a novel about identity, about the power of talent and about freedom and constriction in life. Clarke writes in a deceptively simple and subtle style, with an almost perfect sense of period and history. Clearly, there were many people like the Coats family — determined to be free to carve their own piece of the American dream. We all know stories of the great black exceptions, but Breena Clarke writes about ordinary people who happen to be exceptional.”

— Gail Buckley, The Washingon Post Book World

Listen as Breena Clarke reads a searing excerpt of  STAND THE STORM


The complete, unabridged audiobook version of STAND THE STORM is available on at Stand The Storm audiobook


Written By: Breena Clarke

Narrated By: Richard Allen

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: October 2008

Duration: 10 hours 28 minutes



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