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.
3 Interesting part of history—author has odd way of writing.
4 A painful glimpse at what it was like to be a freed slave during the Civil War.
2 Hard to follow at times with the odd writing style. I had hoped for more. Try reading Someone Knows My Name.