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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Cane River

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. These were real living people who fostered strong family ties. As non-fiction, it is limited by the availability of sources, and it truly seems like there is much that has to be speculative. I’ve read critiques of the handling of swinging back and forth between fictio 2.

Granted, some of the situations that happen to the vane of women in the book are sad, and make me frustrated that people tade,y ever treated that way, the overall I was a little cautious entering this book.

She convincingly portrays strong, interesting, complex women — starting with her great-great-great-grandmother Suzette, whose nine-year-old fictionalized character launches the novel in 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.

The rest of this re Cane River is an odd mix of fiction and non-fiction, and I’m not sure it entirely works. The depth of characters is amazing. It is easy to think of emancipation as a turning point in the lives of former slaves and it certainly was in that freedom is a right and not a gift, but in many ways life did not really change for this family.


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.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. I could picture each one like a finely detailed pen and ink portrait One of the strongest parts of this book that stood out for me was the depth and breadth of the characters, particularly the women. Probing deeper for her family’s roots, Tademy soon found herself swept up in an obsessive two-year odyssey-and leaving her corporate career for the little Louisiana farming community of View all 4 comments.

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.

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Be the first to discover new talent! Spending a dollar and discovering a new favorite read is about as good as it gets! I am so glad that I grabbed this one when I saw it in my local Goodwill for only a dollar. Want to Read saving…. Cane River is not for the faint of heart, though there’s nothing too intense. You can find me at: Elisabeth has high hopes for Suzette until her daughter is raped by visiting Eugene Daurat and bears him two children, Gerant and Philomene.


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In the intermediate time, I would kind of forget what happened. Tademy actually had me feeling sorry for a man who couldn’t defend a family that he knew would never be accepted. The story opens inon a plantation on the Cane River in Louisiana, as Suzette turns atdemy. These are real people who endure or, tragically, not a most horrific existence. I picked up this book after I read gademy author’s story in Chicken Soup.

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There were times of freedom, yet in the Louisiana of the day, that freedom came at great cost, too, and that freedom only went so far. Each woman in the book fights for her place in the world, for what she believes is her due for herself and for her children.

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

I am now going to have to get a copy of Red River, which focuses on the Tademy side of the family.