Books: Notable

A WOMAN CALLED MOSES by MARCY HEIDISH 308 pages. Houghton Mifflin. $9.95.

As Harriet Tubman crouches behind a stand of trees that edge the slave quarters of a Maryland plantation, her song wafts across the dark night. "Who's that yonder dressed in red?/ I heard the angels singing./ Looks like the children that Moses led./ I heard the angels singing." The plaintive melody is a mythic signal, readily understood: she is the "Moses" who is leading her people out of bondage. Moments after Harriet's song has ended, the passengers join her on...

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