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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See and discover other items: Real documents and photos of the characters, her ancestors, fill the book.

I’m so thankful to Lalita Tademy for leaving her Sun-Microsystems, where she was a vice-president, to research and write this book. They were women whose lives began in slavery, who weathered the Civil War, and who grappled with the contradictions of emancipation through the turbulent early years of the twentieth century.

Each woman in the book fights for her place in llaita world, for what she believes is her due for herself and for her children. The story, focusing on the women that raised children, mostly by white men, in rural Louisiana during the years before the Civil War and into the s, brings home the true tragedies of slavery.

I felt it was wrong to end the book the way the author did. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Photograph courtesy of the author.

But he genuinely loves her, I think. Cane River is like Roots. Hy touches upon the issues of “bleaching the line”, the r I don’t ever remember reading Roots, by Alex Haley. It feels like trying to find the balance between the two constrains the narrative in ways that either one by itself would not. Icy Sparks Oprah’s Book Club. Please try again later. No trivia or quizzes yet. She herself admitted that she didn’t really know what compelled her to resign; and she didn’t have any idea then where that decision would take her.


Following the lives of four major characters the book reads like non-fiction. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? There is Elisabeth, lalit bears both a proud legacy and the yoke of bondage Both Emily and Joseph were naive in their belief that they could be left alone to live as they lalifa, but especially Joseph. And sometimes it felt like a character parade. See all tadmy images. A Novel Oprah’s Book Club. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. It was heartbreaking at times to read the stories of her descendants’ families as they were torn apart by slave auctions, abandoned by their fathers who were white, and faced the sentence of illiteracy.

These were real living people who fostered strong family ties.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. It does well for my reading if I have something to fall back upon when my energy is low and my mood is not in for any of my atdemy intense works, but it doesn’t bode well for the appraisal of the fall back work itself. Cane River is about a real family and their very real experiences.


Tademy is candid about her ancestors’ temptations to “pass,” lalits their complexions lighten from the color of “coffee, to cocoa, to cream to milk, to lily. Some readers may find this book slow going but as I have an interest in the era I enjoyed it.

This book is a surprisingly enjoyable novel, and I’d say if the story doesn’t sound like something you would want to read, give it a try anyway. I would highly recommend this book, despite my short review.

Beginning with her great-great-great-great irver, a slave owned by a Creole family, Lalita Tademy chronicles four generations of strong, determined black women as they battle injustice to unite their family and forge success on their own terms.


Cane River

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. Jun 07, JoLene rated it it was ok Shelves: I’m rather disappointed, to say the least, more so because I know for a fact that many will treat this work as their one and only knowledge bank with regards to US-centric slavery and freedom in blackness, seeing as how it’s both technically fiction and non and on an acceptable respectability politics platform.

The story opens inon a plantation on the Cane River in Louisiana, as Suzette turns nine. Want to Read saving….

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Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: She doesn’t over-romantacise her heroines – s I am always wary when it comes to books written by regular people who decided to discover their family history. Mar 29, Donna rated it liked it Shelves: If you are looking for historical fiction that focuses on the lives and struggles of African American women, I highly recommend picking up Cane River. There were times of freedom, yet in the Louisiana of the day, that freedom came at great cost, too, and that freedom only tadeym so far.

This is the second to last work that I have leftover from Black History Monththe penultimate being Queen Margot.

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