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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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As I said, it’s about the women. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. It was a relief to not have to cringe when I was reading.

Cane River

I Highly recommend it. The means by which the family is moved forward is by bleaching the line through the generations.

Write a customer review. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. 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.

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 can be too many nice manners! Ships from and sold by Amazon. She calls it fiction, though, because she had to elaborate and add rich detail to the simple stories she had been told of her grandmothers before her.

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You can’t criticize her characters, because canr are real What a gorgeous caen. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. I didn’t expect the level of Memoirs of Hadrianbut reading historical fiction shouldn’t feel like trawling through poorly disguised plagiarism.


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. Aug 11, Cindy rated it it was ok. It demonstrates the strength of women, so evident nowadays, but it had been so even before.

It canf felt like an info dump, which is not a good thing. Sep 01, Shawnette rated it it was amazing. Everything about it is great, and really, that’s all I need to say.

She tadem the one that holds the family together and is the one that is able get to her own land after the end of slavery. Cane River is an odd mix of fiction and non-fiction, and I’m not sure it entirely works.

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

But although Narcisse gives Philomene land when slavery ends, prejudice and custom still prevail, as Emily learns when she falls in love with Frenchman Joseph Billes. Generations had been sacrificed for his look. That gives it a resonance that is deeper than the writing. The story deals extensively with racial relations between whites and blacks because throughout most of the book, the characters are I found this book on the bargain table and picked it up to read when I needed something in between other books.

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 don’t ever remember reading Roots, by Alex Haley. Buy the selected items together This item: As a white male living in their community after the Civil 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. Jan 23, Jaline rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

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This book demonstrated the importance of knowing our history and touched me in ways most books do not because of the narrative of the strength and resilience of vane women. 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 as they battle injustice to unite their family and forge success on their own terms.