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Cane River [Read] ➵ Cane River Author Lalita Tademy – A New York Times bestseller and Oprah's Book Club Pick the uniue and deeply moving saga of four generations of African American women whose journey from slavery to freedom begins on a Creole plantatio A New York Times bestseller and Oprah's Book Club Pick the uniue and deeply moving saga of four generations of African American women whose journey from slavery to freedom begins on a Creole plantation in LouisianaBeginning 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 They are women whose lives begin in slavery who weather the Civil War and who grapple with contradictions of emancipation Jim Crow and the pre Civil Rights South 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 familyThere is Elisabeth who bears both a proud legacy and the yoke of bondage her youngest daughter Suzette who is the first to discover the promise and heartbreak of freedom Suzette's strong willed daughter Philomene who uses a determination born of tragedy to reunite her family and gain unheard of economic independence and Emily Philomene's spirited daughter who fights to secure her children's just due and preserve their dignity and futureMeticulously researched and beautifully written Cane River presents a slice of American history never before seen in such piercing and personal detail.

  • Paperback
  • 522 pages
  • Cane River
  • Lalita Tademy
  • English
  • 06 April 2014
  • 9780446678452

About the Author: Lalita Tademy

LALITA TADEMY left the corporate world to immerse herself in tracing her family's history and writing her first historical novel CANE RIVER Her debut was selected by Oprah Winfrey as her summer book group pick in Lalita Tademy's second historical novel RED RIVER is set during Reconstruction era Louisiana a time period and subject matter often summarily skimmed in our history books The sto.

10 thoughts on “Cane River

  1. Jaline Jaline says:

    One of the strongest parts of this book that stood out for me was the depth and breadth of the characters particularly the women This novel is a fictional depiction of the author’s own family tree for six generations exclusively through the female line with one exception her grandfather The personalities and portrayals of all the people throughout this novel are so real that it felt like I personally knew each one of them I could picture each one like a finely detailed pen and ink portrait that is then filled in with watercolour shadings applied with a thin brush I was also deeply impressed by the honesty of these depictions There is no candy coating of flaws or uirks of personality – these are all layered generously on the portraits Underlying the surface and the day to day interactions are the ualities that are passed down through each generation like a family legacy inner strength the ability to endure and persevere respect for others – especially their elders – and above all dignityYes the earlier generations were slaves and forced into humility when serving their masters yet they did so with dignity Some people in this family were bought and sold females were subjected to being used sexually by their masters yet dignity remained Largely this seemed to come about because no matter what – no matter who the fathers were each child born became part of the women’s family They were loved cared for and taught to uphold the family valuesThere were also separations and illnesses and conflicts and deaths Through these six generations there were wars and there were gains and losses 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 farThis 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 familiar to me than it ever did before Through the stories of this family I was able to live a part of history and come away inspired by the courage and determination they utilized to move them through some of the hardest years of those times pastI am grateful and I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys reading historical family sagas I also look forward to reading of Lalita Tademy’s novels

  2. Julie H. Julie H. says:

    I should divulge that I formerly lived along Cane River the in town part and was given a free copy by our local National Park unit at a public symposium I started the book that night at bedtime thinking I'd read for an hour or so per usual Well I was up until well after 400 am finishing this thing When I showed up slightly bleary eyed for class the next day one of our observant grad students thanks Melissa asked whether I'd been up all night finishing the Book of Crack as she called it So true you just couldn't put it down It was a wonderful story kind of an Alex Hailey's Roots set along the region surrounding Cane River in northwest Louisiana roughly spanning Natchitoches to Cloutierville For anyone not from the region as with Mom and mother in law who both received and loved their copies it's a great introduction to a region and to the complexities of Louisiana's creole communities And the fact that the author wrote the book as something of a voyage of discovery of her own family roots just makes it that much bittersweet after you become so invested in characters from whom she is actually descended This is a beautiful book about a beautiful and complicated place

  3. Sammy Sammy says:

    What a gorgeous novel The key thing is is that this novel was based on Lalita Tademy's own family history 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 herWhat shocked me most about this novel was that it was Tademy's first Her writing seems to reflect years and years of writing before her it flows so well and the language is so rich You can't criticize her characters because they are real even so she added layers on to them that just increased their likeabilityIt was funny because I didn't think I was going to like the fact that the book followed every generation closely I thought I would bond with Suzette and feel slight resentment when her daughter and granddaughters story came up but I didn't Somehow I loved it I loved it because the mothers and grandmothers weren't shoved to the side when the story switched focus which is further reflection on how Tademy's family thinks of their elders especially their grandmother'sThis 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 really don't need to say too much about this novel because it doesn't need much Everything about it is great and really that's all I need to say

  4. Monica **can& Monica **can& says:

    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 Lalita Tademy has turned her family story into a fictionalized account of three generations of women who have each faced physical and emotional trauma with strength dedication to family and a burning need to move their families forward When faced with no choice but to physically submit themselves to the men who hold the power of life and death over them each woman ultimately does what she feels is best for the resulting children The means by which the family is moved forward is by bleaching the line through the generations This process isn't truly by choice but these strong women use whatever advantages that they can grasp for their children Suzette and Philomene never actually have a choice in who the father of their children will be but their perseverance resourcefulness and pure grit is impressive Having modern sensibilities it is upsetting to know that the skin color helped to define the hopes of a mother for her children Yet women with no power over their own bodies and futures had to maneuver and manipulate advancement as best they could It was Emily's story the last generation delved into in Cane River that was the most heartbreaking for me Emily had a taste of love even though it was a tarnished one Emily's desire to just be without being harassed for simply existing and being audacious enough to attract and acuire love from a white man was what made her an even larger target for savage mistreatment Tademy actually had me feeling sorry for a man who couldn't defend a family that he knew would never be accepted Even though I felt compassion for Joseph his arrogance and sense of entitlement is what led to his downfall and eventually cost him everything Both Emily and Joseph were naive in their belief that they could be left alone to live as they wished but especially Joseph 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 The ending of the book had me upset knowing that after all that Emily had endured and survived society still made sure that she knew her place However toward the end there is a bit of joy given to me via the choice of Emily's son TO to break the line by his choice of a wife It was a step that not only set him apart as a man who thinks for himself but also a step to break the cycle that TO saw as destroying his own sense of self worth Ya'llThere is so much to experience in Cane RiverI generally haven't had the best of luck with Oprah Book Club picks however Cane River was a home run for me and is going on my favorite reads list I am so glad that I grabbed this one when I saw it in my local Goodwill for only a dollar Spending a dollar and discovering a new favorite read is about as good as it gets Reading this one makes me wish that I belonged to an organized book club so that I could discuss all of the issues and feelings that Tademy evoked This was a hard review to rein in It would be so easy to write a review on each woman featured Cane River is a very well paced read that will hit you in all of the feels and provides food for thought long after you close the cover I am now going to have to get a copy of Red River which focuses on the Tademy side of the familyYou can find me at•♥•Monlatable Book Reviews•♥•Twitter MonlatReaderInstagram readermonicaFacebook Monica Reeds Goodreads Group The Black Bookcase

  5. Anne Anne says:

    I was a little cautious entering this book First off it's an Oprah book choice and those are generally a bit on the depressing side Secondly what I knew of the plot of the book was that it was about a family of women slaves during the Civil War erawhich could be depresing graphic etc I was pleasantly surprised by this book Granted some of the situations that happen to the family of women in the book are sad and make me frustrated that people were ever treated that way the overall tone of the book for me was one of hope These women hoped for a better future for their children They perservered through all of the hard times with hope in their hearts along with some other well deserved emotions Another pleasant surprise with this book is that it is not graphic there were plenty of times when some white master came to the slave women and the author could have let these situations be pretty awful but she didn't It was a relief to not have to cringe when I was reading

  6. Marvin Marvin says:

    A work of historical fiction focusing on the lives of 4 generations of women in Creole Louisiana from the slave woman matriarch brought to Cane River from Virginia in 1820 to the early 20th century with a brief epilogue in 1936 All but the first generation had children by white fathers one by force one by a coldly calculated relationship intended to benefit the children one by a long term loving relationship hampered by ostracism legal constraints The special challenge of these mixed race relationships is along with the resources of family strength the main focus of the book Moderately engaging somewhat didactic with serviceable but not inspiring prose it's worthwhile reading but not worthy of the enthusiastic recommendation it got from Oprah Darlene my Mom

  7. Megan Baxter Megan Baxter says:

    Cane River is an odd mix of fiction and non fiction and I'm not sure it entirely works It feels like trying to find the balance between the two constrains the narrative in ways that either one by itself would not As non fiction it is limited by the availability of sources and it truly seems like there is much that has to be speculative As fiction it is eually limited by the sources the author is hemmed in by what she does know and that structure seems bindingNote The rest of this review has been withheld due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision hereIn the meantime you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

  8. Cindy Cindy says:

    Really not good Which I knew by around page 5 But I read all 500 pages to the end mostly because my next set of books from hadn't arrived yet Interesting story and concept but the writing is just stinky It's definitely got the vibe of I uit my job at Sun to write a fiction book The dialogue is really bad and the characters are just poorly developed even though they're real people

  9. Laura • lauralovestoread Laura • lauralovestoread says:

    One of the best parts of being involved with a community of fellow readers is by discovering a book that you wouldn’t have known about otherwiseCane River is one of the best five star reads that I’ve read this year and it’s not only the writing of Lalita Tademy but the generational stories that are woven through this book and partly based on her own familyTold through generations of women from the Creole plantation in Louisiana to through years that followed it was such a powerful story and I loved it than words can even expressEach woman tells a story heartbreaking than the last yet I found myself admiring them for their strength Books like this can be so heavy yet the author brings a lightness to the book through slivers of hope and a future for each new generation

  10. Leslie Leslie says:

    I come from two long lines of strong women They survived the hard life of settling in the mountains of Southwest Virginia the pain and loss of childbirth disease economic hardship the Depression the helplessness of dealing with alcoholism and many other tragedies and difficulties of life But none of them to my knowledge had to suffer the indignities of slavery Lalita Tademy's book Cane River tells in fictional form the stories of four generations of the women in her familyThe 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 1930s brings home the true tragedies of slavery The first woman of the family to come to Cane River was Elizabeth torn from her two children in Virginia and shipped South still a slave with no control over her fate or the fates of her children Generation after generation struggle with the truth of being of dark skin in the South as her daughters and granddaughters bear children to white plantation owners against their will finally using the desires of these white men against them to better the lives of their childrenThe great tragedy for me in this book was that these wonderful women each beautiful and strong was unable to realize the glory of their color Being dark was a burden and lightening the skin of the next generation became an unacknowledged goal for Suzette Philomene and Emily as they fought for security in white society for their children Being able to pass as white made life easier but the resentment that built up in the community against the white men who lived openly and acknowledged their children by these black women shattered lives Tademy's search for her heritage began in a resentment against the attitudes of the earlier generation against dark skin What she discovered was that each generation dealt with prejudice and hardship in the only way they knew and her respect for these women and their difficult choices becomes a wonderful story of their livesAlthough this is fiction there is a lot of truth in this portrayal The story doesn't end with a happy ever after and it sometimes seems to me that the struggle is still as hard as ever It's long past time that we learned lessons from our tragic history

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