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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It was like the author had to have all lzlita involved cne on paper no matter what the consequence, and I ended up with a feeling that it wasnt an important book – which I know it was! To ask other readers questions about Cane Riverplease sign up. I’ve read critiques of the handling of swinging back and forth between fiction and non, and I have to agree that the composition, however well intentioned, merited a more thorough editing, even rivsr the level of fixing dangling pronouns and properly punctuating clauses.

The author, Lalita Tademy, created this 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.

San Francisco Bay Area native Lalita Tademy has a unique story to tell about her family lineage, and I’m glad she took the time to research and write this novel. Although this is fiction, there is a lot of truth in this portrayal.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. So 3 stars I wish it could have been 4. I picked up this book after I read the author’s story in Chicken Soup. Some French farmers fell in love, lived with negro women and loved their children by those women.


It’s thick, very thick. I thoroughly enjoyed the appended photos of the family members.

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 black women. Each character comes alive to canr the determination to better themselves.

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Book group participants described the book as a “page turner,” and recounted many passages that moved them to tears. They are all strong female characters but the strongest one is without a doubt Philomene. Sep 11, Kendra rated it really liked it. She is the one that holds the family together and is the one bt is able get to her own land after the end of slavery.

View all 8 comments. The story opens inon a plantation on the Cane River in Louisiana, as Suzette turns nine. I was a little cautious entering this book. They survived the hard life of settling in the mountains of Southwest Cans, 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.

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So the family gradually bring themselves out of slavery. You can’t criticize her characters, because they are real What a gorgeous novel.

Aug 11, Marvin rated it it was ok. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. It’s a time when color divides both blacks and whites. Tademy actually had me feeling sorry for a man who couldn’t defend a family that he knew would never be accepted.

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Jan 02, LemonLinda rated it really liked it. A Novel of Early America. Just cnae moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The rest of this review has been withheld due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. The writing is straightforward, even simple; not great. Which I knew by around page 5.


First we have Elisabeth and then her daughter Suzette, who is the first to know the joys and the heartbreaks of freedom, her daughter Philomene, Philomene’s daughter Emily. I am so glad that I grabbed this one when I saw it in my local Goodwill for only a dollar.

They perservered through all of the hard times with hope in their hearts, riber with some other well deserved emotions. But I read all pages to the end, mostly because my next tadmy of books from Amazon hadn’t arrived yet.


Most of all, she gives us the saga of real, flesh-and-blood women making hard choices in the face of unimaginable loss, securing their identity and independence in order to face any obstacle, and inspiring all the generations to come. Cane River is an interesting, if easy book. You can’t criticize her characters, because they are real, even so she added layers on to them that just increased their likeability.

Monica Reeds Goodreads Group: Discover Bby Book Box for Kids. Black women have always been strong and these women persevered, no matter what! The tadeym main women in the book were Elisabeth, Suzette, Philomene, and Emily.

See 2 questions about Cane River…. First off, it’s an Oprah book choice and those are generally a bit on the depressing side. 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. I look forward to reading more of her work.

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