Stand the Storm: A Novel
The story begins when little Gabriel, a slave boy, is hired out to a Jewish tailor in Georgetown. It is a handfu ...more
The rhythm of the language in the book was challenging for me to become accustomed to initially, but did not keep me from enjoying the book. Once I got the rhythm, I was amazed at the language and how it boosts the enjoyment ...more
Stand the Storm—another exceptional novel from the pen of Breena Clarke, the bestselling author of River, Cross My Heart, an October 1999 Oprah Book Club Selection—has arrived. A riveting tale about enslavement, struggle, sacrifice, and the Coats, a family that manages to buy their freedom, true freedom.
Sewing Annie Coats, the lead character, comes to the realization that slaves with special skills are the last to be sold. So, as the most skilled sewer in her neck ...more
STAND THE STORM by Breena Clarke tells the story of slaves Annie, aka Sewing Annie, and her son Gabriel Coats. Gabriel was groomed by his mother to help sew, weave, knit and dye cloth. Gabriel exhibited a genuine aptitude for needlework. Master Ridley, of the Ridley Plantation, decided to hire ten-year-old Gabriel out to the local tailor. Eventually Master Ridley devises a business plan to open up his own business in tailoring. Any extra business that Gabriel would get on his own would be ...more
It is hard for me to rate this book. There are several areas of strength for me. I feel the author researched the era very well. I appreciate the details that Ms. Clarke uses in her writing. The picture painted of this period in our country's history was vivid. I also feel the subject matter of freed slaves is one that has n ...more
I am white and attend a multiracial church with about 80% of the members being african american the first Sunday at church while reading the book I just sat back listening to my pastor and looked around to see all the beautiful people I was surrounded by and to see what they have overcome. It's also sadde ...more
However, I did not love this book; the subject matter was a bit dark for me--too much reference to the horrors of slavery, mostly sexual,that I might rather just remain ignorant to. The final third of the book really lost my interest; I found that re ...more
Like her first work of historical fiction, Stand the Storm weaves together the tale of an African American family struggling to cope in a white world. Although this novel takes place a few generations before River, Cross My Heart, it packs an equally powerful punch. Despite its horrors and violence, Stand the Storm is a surprisingly uplifting love story about men and women attempting to free themselves from bondage. Critics praised the emotional depth of Clarke's characterizations and her compel...more
I do believe portions of the story were valuable because it reminds us of our history... the good and the bad. However, the middle of the book slowed down compared to the beginning. My biggest complaint about this book ...more
I love how Clarke wrote this story from the feelings , thoughts and desires of Annie Coates , her son Gabriel and thier extended family - slaves seeking to buy thier freedom . Her tale is an interesting contrast to books on slavery where the focus is on what happens to slaves at the hands of thier " masters " .
I did not love when the author tried to weave history into the story. It became choppy , like a puzzle piece that just doesn't fit . I found ...more
Reasons to chose this book for AR: It's local (takes place in Georgetown/MD), it's about slavery, which is topical given our new president, and the author is local. Could inspire good discussions, but the flip side is whether or not people will feel enthusiastic ab ...more
"A compelling novel... Inspired by tales told to her by her parents about growing up in the 1920's, Breena brings to life a whole neighborhood of vivid personalities, writing blacks back into Georgetown's history."
While I grew up in Wva, our little town had no black people in it. I didn't see any of them until we moved to Ohio. I was not taught to be partial of any color. God loves us all.
I would like to read her other book "River Cross my Heart". It was one of Oprah's book clu ...more