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A New York Times bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club Pick-the unique and deeply moving saga of four generations of African-American women whose journey. Cane River is a family saga by Lalita Tademy. It was chosen as an Oprah’s Book Club selection. In a blend of fact and fiction, Tademy tells the story of four. Summary and reviews of Cane River by Lalita Tademy, plus links to a book excerpt from Cane River and author biography of Lalita Tademy.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower can If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? A New York Times bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club Pick-the unique and deeply moving saga of four generations of African-American women whose journey from slavery to freedom begins on a Creole plantation in Louisiana. Beginning with her great-great-great-great grandmother, a slave owned by a Creole family, Lalita Tademy chronicles four generations of strong, determined black women lalitaa they battle injustice to unite lalitq family and forge success on their own terms.

They are women whose lives begin in slavery, who weather the Civil War, and who grapple with contradictions of lalira, Jim Crow, and the pre-Civil Rights South. As she peels back layers of racial and cultural attitudes, Tademy paints a remarkable picture of rural Louisiana and the resilient spirit of one unforgettable family. There is Elisabeth, who bears both a proud legacy and cwne yoke of bondage Suzette’s strong-willed daughter Philomene, who uses a determination born of tragedy to reunite her family and gain unheard-of economic independence Meticulously researched and beautifully written, Cane River presents a slice of American history never before seen in such piercing and personal detail.

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Write a customer review. See all customer images. Read reviews that mention cane river lalita tademy civil war family history well written suzette and philomene philomene and emily historical fiction read this bby highly recommend generations of women family tree african american must read book club white men red river born into slavery great book enjoyed this book. Showing of reviews.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. The time-frame is from the s to the s. The backdrop was in Louisiana on a medium-sized Creole plantation owned by a family named Derbanne.

The four main women in the book were Elisabeth, Suzette, Philomene, and Emily. The author, Lalita Tademy, created this work of fiction based on stories she heard about her great, great, great, great grandmother, who happened to be the girl in the fifth generation in riverr book.


While the time and experiences shared in the book were based on historical facts, the story line itself was a work of fiction created from the author’s own mind on how life might have been like for her great, great, great, great grandmother. I normally do not like reading books like this, however, I found myself enjoying the dynamics of each complex character and how the women found a way to overcome what life threw at them no matter how the dice rolled against them.

I found this a very emotional read and enjoyed the book until the end. The end pissed me off so much that I threw the book across the room. I felt it was wrong to end the book the way the author did.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. An extraordinary amount of painstaking research went into this work of fiction based on the author’s family history covering 4 generations living in rural Louisiana.

As often happens in these multi generational epics, much time is spent on setting up the story and the introductory characters. The reader has a better knowledge and understanding of their lives than the later characters which are not drawn in such detail or given as much room for their stories to unfold.

Nevertheless, I found the novel riveting and meticulously written. I enjoyed learning about the role of the Creoles and freedmen who lived side-by-side with the white French masters, the slaves and their mixed race children.

Some readers may find this book slow going but as I have an interest in the era I enjoyed it. I thoroughly enjoyed the appended photos of the family members. The author has done a tremendous job of bringing her ancestors to life and in retelling their stories.

I look forward to reading more of her work. If you read only one book in the coming year, make it this one. Following the lives of four major characters the book reads like non-fiction.

The depth of characters is amazing.

You’ll find yourself feeling love and anger toward the women as their lives unfold. Page after page, you’re taken on a journey you’re not going to soon forget. Mass Market Paperback Canr Purchase. She did a Fantastic job of merging historical fact and family lore into fiction. It spans years of family history centered on three female characters; Suzette, Philome Suzette’s daughter by a frenchman named Eugene Daurat and Emily Philomene’s daughter with a white man named Narcisse Fredieu.

The book covers the civil war, the end of slavery lxlita the beginning of the Jim Crow era.

They are all strong female characters but the strongest one is without a doubt Philomene. She is the one that holds the family together and is the one that is able get to her own land after the end of slavery.

Emily has five children with a frenchman named Joseph Billes and from an early age is taught that her fair skin makes her quality and places her above the Negroes and colored of the time. Nonetheless, because she was born to a mulatto woman she is considered colored in central Louisiana and her relationship with Joseph is cans upon. Rivfr the Jim Crow laws come into effect Emily and her family are persecuted in a vicious way by the emerging Klu Klux Klan. As a result her partner is forced to marry into a white family and that marks the beginning of the end for Joseph Billes.


Even though Emily and her children could pass for white in any other rivsr of the country, Joseph and her never oalita leaving the state of Louisiana. I read it for the first time in but enjoyed it more the second time around. I Highly recommend it. Tademy’s novels canf to life what it was like to be a slave in the concrete.

These are real people who endure or, tragically, not a most horrific existence. The Confederate South has rivr to be proud of. Ordinary, poor white people got involved in this violent oppression because the land and slave holders made the slaves into scape goats — the cause of all the ills suffered by whites came while they made themselves rich off the misery of all. They are no heroes, they’re criminals and should go down in history as such.

Tademy’s novels help to tell this truth. What does stand out are the courageous and heroic people who loved, endured, shared, comforted and held together as best they could under the shackles and whips of the slave holders.

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They are our heroes! Bought it, read it, and was mesmerized by it. That led me to the author’s original work, Cane River, this one exploring her mother’s side of the family Red River explores her father’s side. No need to rehash the entire book, that’s been done in all of those hundreds of reviews. Suffice it to say that I enjoyed Cane River tremendously, and that it should be mandatory reading for anyone who truly seeks to understand an important palita of the history and heritage of the United States.

Tademy has an uncanny knack of crafting an informative, compelling and often heart-wrenching novel super-imposed on historic and well-researched fact. She fluidly moves across generations without ever leaving the jarring breaks that so often mars writing that covers extended periods of time and characters that move in and out of the picture. Yet another talent of the author is to depict often divisive and disturbing events in a passionate, but riiver judgmental manner.

By doing so, she very clearly makes her points, but never preaches or attacks. This helps keeping readers’ minds open, even about events that most prefer to forget or not be confronted with.

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If I had one minor wish, it’d be for images in the Kindle version to be of higher resolution so as to enhance the readability of the various included historic documents. See all reviews.

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