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In her new novel, Stand the Storm, D.C. author Breena Clarke once again takes a clear-eyed look at her hometown’s history of slavery and racism. Her measured prose re-creates antebellum Georgetown, telling the story of Annie Coats and her children, Gabriel and Ellen. Needleworkers who are able buy their freedom, the Coatses find that emancipation at a time when most blacks are still enslaved means that every day is a hustle, and the family struggles with devastating discrimination and injustice. Clarke’s previous novel, River, Cross My Heart, also set in Georgetown, became a best seller and an Oprah’s Book Club selection in 1999. Almost a decade later, Stand the Storm is a fulfilling follow-up, written with the same restraint and sensitivity that made her earlier novel such a hit. BREENA CLARKE DISCUSSES AND SIGNS COPIES OF HER WORK AT 7 P.M. AT POLITICS & PROSE, 5015 CONNECTICUT AVE. NW. FREE. (202) 364-1919.