Outstanding & Unforgettable!
Young lawyer, Edward Clayton is deeply in love with Mazie Hartford, but frustrated with her hesitation in giving him the answer he longs to hear after repeated proposals of marriage. Unanswered questions regarding her heritage haunt Mazie, and appear to be the reason for her hesitancy in accepting Edward's proposal. Mazie's father died when she was very young, and her memories of him are scant, a few old photos and no information about that branch of her family. Mazie's openminded mother welcomes Edward into their family. Edward even finds favor with Mimi, Mazie's 93-year-old great-grandmother, long-time resident of the Deep South, who grew up prior to the Civil Rights movement when attitudes were different. He had envisioned the elderly woman as possibly a bigot or even a racist. To the contrary, Mimi loves Edward and cannot understand her great-granddaughter's hesitancy to commit to marrying him.
Mimi knows that her time on this earth is limited, and decides it is time for Mazie to hear a story from her past. Mimi asks Mazie to remove a well-preserved, but very old quilt from her cedar chest. Mimi wants her great-granddaughter to have the quilt but Mazie first needs to know the story behind it. Could the quilt reveal secrets from her past that could help her overcome her fears of marrying Edward? The story Mimi is about to tell reveals the story of Harriet Tubman, a slave during the 1800s. The quilt is named The Moses Quilt, and each block in the quilt tells a story from Harriet Tubman's life. Harriet was known as the "Moses" of her people, a woman who was pivotal in freeing countless numbers of slaves by way of the underground railroad. The origin of the quilt is Gee's Bend, Alabama, an area well known for generations of quilters, a legend in themselves, who produce quilts that people come from faraway places to see and purchase. As Edward wants to hear the story as well, both he and Mazie listen to installments of the story behind The Moses Quilt.
Kathi Macias is a master storyteller, weaving a tale within a tale, of factual acounts regarding the life of Harriet Tubman and the Gee's Bend quilters. This book is incredibly well researched and accurate in detail. Family dynamics are beautifully presented through three generations of women and their relationships and importance to one another. The characters in this book are well developed and believable, unforgettable characters to love and cherish.
"The Moses Quilt" affected me on many personal levels, as a quilter, as a grandparent to a biracial grandson, my personal freedom from prejudice in my own life, and on an emotional level that is unforgettable. I highly recommend this sensitive, poignant, well-written, authentic story within a story! I will read this book again and again.
I received a PDF copy of "The Moses Quilt" for the purpose of my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.