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. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. Underlying the surface and the day-to-day interactions, are the qualities that are passed down through each generation like a family legacy: However, toward the end there is a bit of joy given to me via the choice of Emily’s son T.

There is Elisabeth, who bears both a proud legacy and the yoke of bondage The story deals extensively with racial relations between whites and blacks because throughout most of the book, the characters are slaves and are treated with utter disrespect, hatred, and distain. By doing so, she very clearly makes her points, but never preaches or attacks.

Oct 01, Sally rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The story is fascinating when one takes into account the context, but considering the amount of money and time and ideals that went into this piece and the fame that resulted, it should have stood well on its own, rather than as a patchwork monotone structure whose contextual story of gumption merits the reading more than the reading actually sustains itself.

This helps keeping readers’ minds open, even about events that most prefer to forget or rivfr be confronted with. 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. Read more Read less.


The black husbands and wives or lovers in “Cane River” are consistently and intentionally separated, leaving the women dependent on their white masters and lovers who are depicted relatively sympathetically.

So the family gradually bring themselves out fiver slavery. Though born in Virginia, where she had two sons by her white master, Elisabeth had to leave them when she was sold to the present French family, the Derbannes.

Cane River

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An accomplished first novel weaves fragments of real-life family lore into a vivid tale of four cand of African-American women struggling to hold their families together, first as slaves, then as freed people subject to Jim Crow laws and white vigilantism.

Jan 23, Jaline rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is their story. It might have been better as a series of stories, and continued on through to the author’s generation and their struggles.

Yes, the earlier generations were slaves and forced into humility when serving ruver masters, yet they did so with dignity. The author, Lalita Tademy, created lailta work of fiction based on stories she heard about her great, great, great, great grandmother, who happened to be the girl in the fifth generation in the book.

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. The means by which the family is moved forward is by bleaching the line through the generations.

However, the number of mistakes made in grammar, as well as the too blurred consistency between dialogue and description made for a disappointingly crafted piece, especially when taking into consideration that the two more arduous works I had tadfmy hand were both translation and thus, theoretically at any rate, should’ve been more prone to such mistakes. I was pleasantly surprised. There is so much to experience in Cane River! Cane River is an odd mix of fiction and non-fiction, and I’m not sure it entirely works.


An extraordinary amount of painstaking research went into this work of fiction based on the author’s family history covering 4 generations living in rural Louisiana.

It demonstrates the strength of women, so evident nowadays, but it had been so even before. I just didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. But law didn’t allow them to marry or pass property to them. For all that this work is pages, it is either less densely packed in typography or more familiar in historical context than the lalitq works I had on hand, so it was a breather in more ways rover one.

CANE RIVER by Lalita Tademy | Kirkus Reviews

Also this was an “Oprah” book, so I was expecting lots of gooey ‘women power’ yadda-yadda. 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 The end pissed me off so tademt that I threw the book across the room.

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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.