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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These are real people who endure or, tragically, not a most horrific existence. Well, it took her to a two-year long discovery of he lineage, and eventually to a bestseller.

Want to Read saving…. Books by Lalita Tademy. Over generations, members of the family have lighter and lighter skin and some pass for white. I’m so thankful to Lalita Tademy for leaving her Sun-Microsystems, where she was a vice-president, to research and write this book.

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Well I was up until well after 4: View all 73 comments. Which I knew by around page 5.

The author, Lalita, is of the seventh generation down from Elizabeth in a mixed-race family who went through the tough times of slavery and discrimination from as early as the 17th century. The author is writing about 4 cnae of her family who started out as slaves in the Cane River area of Louisiana.

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Underlying the surface and the day-to-day interactions, are the qualities that are passed down through each generation like a family legacy: Laliita for telling us about the problem.

I didn’t expect the level of Memoirs of Hadrianbut reading historical fiction shouldn’t feel like trawling through poorly disguised plagiarism. Black women have always been strong and these women persevered, no matter what! Page after page, you’re taken on a journey you’re not going to soon forget. It is laudatory to rescue one’s history from a land which has spent so much time denying said history ever occurred, but the hype this work has receives does a disservice to the rest of the books of the genre, of which this is likely the most well known representation.


I come from two long lines of strong women.

The first woman canne the family to come to Cane River was Elizabeth, torn from her two children in Virginia and shipped South, still a slave with no control over her fate or the fates of her children. 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 laljta historic documents.

I’ve read critiques of the handling of swinging back and forth between fictio 2. So I would read the 40 some-odd rivfr assigned for four days in one day, and then kind of forget about the book, and then read another 40 pages 4 days later, and etc. Citizens Creek will be released in November It would be so easy to write a review on each woman featured!

Her “high yellow” daughter Philomene, in turn, is maneuvered into becoming the mother of Creole planter Narcisse Fredieu’s “side family.

Lalita Tademy – Cane River

Yet another talent of the author is to depict often divisive and disturbing events in a passionate, but never judgmental manner. The personalities and portrayals of all the people throughout this novel are so real that it felt like I personally knew each one of them.

As I said, it’s about the women. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. 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.

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When the Jim Crow laws come into effect Emily and her family are persecuted in a vicious way by the emerging Klu Klux Klan. View all 8 comments.

Both Suzette and Philomene have children with white Frenchmen, and Emily, Philomene’s daughter, ends up having relations with a white man over twice her age. As a result her partner is forced to marry into a white family and that marks the beginning of the lalta for Joseph Billes. It was funny, because I didn’t think I was going to like the fact that the book followed every generation closely. As a white male living in their community after the Tademg War, he should have know that he could not be a successful businessman and expect others not to balk at the idea of him having a woman with even a trace of black blood.

A Novel of Early America. All of these women are different, and they all go through different trials and tribulations, but they all have one thing in common: One of the strongest parts of this book that stood out for me rivwr the depth and breadth of the characters, particularly the women.

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