*A Washington Post Best Book of 2008*

STAND THE STORM follows the Coats family, freed slaves living in the “promised land” of Georgetown in Washington, D.C., that is effectively a frontier town: gritty and dangerous. The remarkable emotional energy with which the Coatses rise to their daily battles is what fuels this novel and makes its tragic denouement so devastating.

RIVER CROSS MY HEART, her first novel, established Breena Clarke as a major voice in African American letters, drawing repeated comparisons to the work of Eudora Welty and Toni Morrison.


Breena Clarke grew up in Washington, D.C., and was educated at Howard University. She is the author of RIVER, CROSS MY HEART -an Oprah’s Book Club selection and New York Times bestseller which has sold more than 700,000 copies. Her next book, ANGELS MAKE THEIR HOPE HERE, is forthcoming from Little, Brown and Company in July 2014.