The Moses Quilt is a contemporary novel that bridges racial and generational divides. With a realistic and compassionate look into a twenty-first-century dilemma, multiple award-winning author Kathi Macias introduces readers to a confused and apprehensive young woman, Mazie Hartford. Facing major decisions about the love of her life and her future, she must also wrestle with a nagging question about her family's past. She finds the answer to her questions in a most unexpected way--her great-grandmother's Moses quilt. As her great-grandmother begins to explain how each patch represents a story of courage and freedom, Mazie must decide if she has the courage and freedom to overcome her own personal fears and prejudices.
Author Kathi Macias
The Quilt Series sounds interesting, but what makes it
unique or sets it apart from the many other quilt books that are so
popular right now?
First, I must confess to NOT being a
quilter. I’ve never even considered taking it up! Second, I love quilts
and have always been fascinated by the stories behind them. I combined
that fascination with my passion for writing issues-related fiction, and
I ended up with a three-book series that is, for the most part,
contemporary but told against historical backdrops.
Sounds interesting! Can you tell us a bit about each of the three books in the series? Sure! Book one, The Moses Quilt,
involves an interracial romance, where the couple works through their
concerns and apprehensions as they learn the story of Harriet Tubman’s
faith and courage as told through the patches of the Moses quilt that
represents her life. Book two, The Doctor’s Christmas Quilt,
deals with the topic of abortion told against the backdrop of the life
of America’s first woman doctor, Elizabeth Blackwell, who was strongly
pro-life. Book three, The Singing Quilt, deals with a
young woman overcoming a physical disability; the background for that
story is based on the “Queen of Gospel,” Fannie Crosby.
Was it difficult to do the research on these women, particularly Harriet Tubman? What did you learn about her in the process? I
knew more about Harriet Tubman than I did about Elizabeth Blackwell or
Fannie Crosby, but I expanded my knowledge of each as I did the
research. Harriet Tubman’s amazing faith and courage is what stood out
most to me about her life. Here was a woman born a slave, penniless for
the majority of her life, and illiterate except for the scripture verses
she had memorized (even if she couldn’t read them). Her prayer life was
powerful, even as a child. After she escaped to the North and began
making forays back into the South to help bring others out of slavery,
friends would caution her against it. “Harriet, there’s a reward on your
head—dead or alive. Aren’t you afraid?” She brushed off their fear and
explained that she believed God had called her to help rescue her
people; therefore, He would protect her. When her job was done, He would
take her home to heaven, so what was there to fear? Wow, what a dynamic
woman of God! I also learned that her achievements went far beyond
rescuing slaves, though that’s what she’s best known for. She also
served as a spy for the Union Army, worked as a nurse, and opened a home
for indigent elderly former slaves. She died there herself in her
mid-nineties, and the entire town flew their flags at half-mast in her
Tell us a little more about the contemporary story in The Moses Quilt.
The majority of the contemporary story is set just outside San
Francisco. Mazie is white and deeply in love with Edward, an
African-American lawyer who adores her and wants to marry her but tries
to be respectful of her hesitation to make a commitment. What he doesn’t
know is that Mazie is disturbed by what she considers secrets in her
family’s past, secrets that begin to be unraveled as her
great-grandmother, Mimi, tells her and Edward the story behind her Moses
quilt, which she bought years earlier in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, a little
town famous for its quilts. Edward thought he knew everything there was
to know about Harriet Tubman, who had always been somewhat of a hero to
him, but Mimi’s story opens up new avenues of discovery for both the
young people in this relationship—and takes them straight back to the
quilt’s origin in Gee’s Bend.
This sounds like more than just a “feel-good” story. Can it be used as a study book in some way? Absolutely! As with nearly all my books we have free downloadable discussion questions at www.newhopedigital.com that will enable The Moses Quilt to be read as a study book for individuals or used as a discussion/study book for groups.
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What a fascinating quick read, once I started I had to finish it. The family relationships here are wonderful.
Hartford lives with her Mom, Lilly, and her Great-Grandmother Mimi. She
is in a long term relationship with Edward Clayton, he actually wants
to move toward marriage. His family adores Mazie, and hers loves
Edward...her 93 year old Great-Grandmother actually lights up in his
presence. So what is Mazie's problem?
Mimi knowing that at 93 her
time on earth is getting short, has decided to give Mazie a quilt. It
is not just any quilt, there is a historical story behind it, and it is
called the Moses Quilt. Mimi begins to tell the story of the quilt to
Mazie, it is about Harriet Tubman, the Moses to her people.
the story of each of blocks is so interesting, I loved it. Edward then
is asked to join and becomes enthralled in the stories.
quilt help Mazie to make up her mind, let go of whatever it is that is
keeping her from marrying this Godly man? Or will the answers they find
in the quilt end up driving them apart.
Kathi Macias has done it again, written a captivating story. Don't miss this...enjoy!
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