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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I found this a very emotional read and enjoyed the book until the end.

CANE RIVER by Lalita Tademy | Kirkus Reviews

There are no A’s for effort in literature; just a violently enforced imbalance of demographics. Jan 10, Terry rated it liked it.

Jan 23, Jaline rated it it was amazing Shelves: Interesting story and concept, but the writing is just stinky. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. I would highly recommend this book, despite my short review.

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It might have been better tafemy a series of stories, and continued on through to the author’s generation and their struggles.

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. Cane River 1 1 Apr 02, Having modern sensibilities, it is upsetting to know that the skin color helped to define the hopes of a mother for her children. This started out strong.


Buy the selected items together This item: I read this one a while ago and did not jot bu down in my Book Lover’s Diary Journal, so I will relate what I remember.

She doesn’t over-romantacise her heroines – something hard to avoid when you write about your ancestors, so she earned one star for that alone. Maybe not quite as non-fictional, but nonetheless a compelling story of the lives across three generations of African-american women in the ‘s and early ‘s.

I thoroughly enjoyed the appended photos of the family members. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

Cane River

But law didn’t allow them to marry or pass property to them. This family saga, based on hundreds of documents and years of research, carried me on a journey to a place and a time that feels so much more familiar to me than it ever did before.

To be perfectly honest, Tademy’s doing some interesting things in her later books than she is here, but the lack of editing that went into this work is off-putting, and doesn’t bode well for the future of her prose. Suzette’s strong-willed daughter Philomene, who uses a determination born of tragedy to reunite her family and gain unheard-of economic independence A Novel of Early America.

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Thank you for your feedback. It is easy to think of emancipation This is the fictionalized account of Tademy’s real ancestors over five generations beginning as slaves on a river plantation in Louisiana in the s and continuing through the Civil War, emancipation, Jim Crow laws up through to the s. The most interesting thing about Cane River is that most of the things that happen in the book, are, presumably, things that actually happened in real life. I enjoyed the historical fiction aspect of this.


Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed Cane River. This is the second to last work that I have leftover from Black History Monththe penultimate being Queen Margot.

Page after page, you’re taken on a journey you’re not going to soon forget.

As fiction, it is equally limited by the sources – the author is hemmed in by what she does know, and that structure seems binding. They perservered through all of the hard times with hope in their hearts, along with some other well deserved emotions. However, once I began reading, I was unable to stop. The detracting thing about this book is that it doesn’t set up lqlita issues as issues very well or in any intellectual sense, thus the importance of these issues in shaping future generations is lost to most readers.

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