Title: The Moses Quilt
Author: Kathi Macias
Publisher: New Hope
We can learn a lot from history can’t we? Sometimes I think we learn more when we are older or we aren’t reading it because we are assigned it in class. When authors take a person or event from history, actively research their subject, then weave together a masterful story it makes history more alluring. Don’t you agree? I never cease to be amazed at the level of skill authors use to share their tales with audiences far and wide.
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad bring what images into your mind or feelings that spring in your heart? Being an avid Civil War history buff, I wasn’t sure if I was going to read a work of fiction that shares more new information about the era or if it was going to be rehashed information. It was revealing to read this book as the author takes a true figure and time from our past and brings the ripple effect from there to a modern time. Here is a young woman who is in love with a man, but for some reason she isn’t aware of cannot seem to say yes to becoming his wife. Mazy lives with her mother and great-grandmother after completing college to help care for her great-grandmother before her teaching position starts. Mimi may hold the key to help Mazy know what it is that keeps her from moving forward in her life. As Mimi’s health worsens she begins to relate a story from a quilt. At first it was just Mazy listening to the tale, but now Edward is engrossed so much that he can’t resist coming over to listen as well. Mimi begins to tell how the quilt is called “The Moses Quilt” and how it reflects stories from Harriet Tubman’s life. As each new piece of the quilt’s story is told, pictures are shared with that particular piece of the story. Mazy begins to feel her freedom coming. What is it that hasn’t been told to her, but has something to do with what the quilt represents?
Were it not for fiction writers as well as nonfiction writers we might forget lessons painfully learned in the past. I realized as I read this story that what happened long ago still affects today and will affect our tomorrows. Reading about Harriet Tubman in this work of fiction caused me to remember what I learned from other sources before and how her life can influence mine. Harriet was a woman of faith, courage, who was born and died in poverty because she gave whatever was given to her away. Harriet’s heart and life was spent talking to the Lord, listening to His voice and then obeying whatever He told her to do. The pain and trials of her life I can’t even fathom, nor can I fathom the courage she had to go where the Lord led her even if it was alone.
The Moses Quilt is a work of fiction based on the author’s research and understanding of Harriet Tubman. She did an excellent job. Why? When you read this, perhaps you too will walk away reevaluating your daily walk with the Lord or questions might stir within your heart, which to me is positive aspect of good fiction.
My rating is 4 stars.
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