STAND THE STORM has been nominated for the 2009 Hurston/Wright Foundation's Legacy Award - in the fiction category.
STAND THE STORM is one of the 100 Best of 2008 -- Washington Post Book World
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If I want you to know me I have to tell you that I'm a writer and a talker, a listener and a watcher and a reader. I am sprung from a tradition of storytellers, people who enjoy relating anecdotes. My extended family are kitchen table griots, informal opinionators, relentless rememberers, gentle comedians telling funny stories and laughing in the same places each time. Like the people in my novels they are people who remember what they see, pay attention to what they hear and have witnessed the big events of the age with keen intelligence and the moxie to make a way from no way.
My novels are character driven and panoramic. I am engaged in wonder at the ways that material goods and work tools tell the history of people who are marginalized on the literary landscape. I'm a recollector and I like the way that word makes me think of remembrance and restitution. Please get comfortable with the website and read an excerpt from my debut novel, River, Cross My Heart. Enter the world of The Coats Family and 19thC. Washington, D.C. with an excerpt from Stand The Storm.