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Cane River


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ISBN13: 9780446678452
ISBN10: 0446678457
Condition: Standard
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A unique accomplishment, this is history never before told, an epic novel of four generations of African-American women, a work based on one family's actual meticulously researched past — and a book with enormous implications for us all.

Lalita Tademy had always been intensely interested in her family's stories, especially ones about her great-grandmother Emily, a formidable figure who died with her life's savings hidden in her mattress. 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 Cane River.

It was here, on a medium-sized Creole plantation owned by a family named Derbanne, that author Lalita Tademy found her family's roots — and the stories of four astonishing women who battled vast injustices to create a legacy of hope and achievement. 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. Through it all, they fought to unite their family and forge success on their own terms. Here amid small farmhouses and a tightly knit community of French-speaking slaves, free people of color, and whites, Tademy's great-great-great-great grandmother Elisabeth would bear both a proud heritage and the yoke of slavery. Her youngest daughter, Suzette, would be the first to discover the promise — and heartbreak — of freedom. Suzette's strong-willed daughter Philomene would use determination born of tragedy to reunite her family and gain unheard-of economic independence. And Emily, Philomene's spirited daughter, would fight to secure her children's just due and preserve their future against dangerous odds.

In a novel that combines painstaking historical reconstruction with unforgettable storytelling, Lalita Tademy presents an all too rarely seen part of American history, complete with a provocative portrayal of the complex, unspoken bonds between slaves and slave owners. 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.


The New York Times bestseller and Oprah's Book Club Pick — the unique and deeply moving epic of four generations of African-American women based on one family's ancestral past.

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Rainy Day Bookworm, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by Rainy Day Bookworm)
I have had this book around the house for what seemed like ages. So I decided to loan it to someone (who never did return it) and then we found each other last summer at a garage sale. So I picked up the book and found it to be a cannot put it down. It certainly gives a great history of the south beginning with slavery and then moving forward from there. What those women in that family went through. Anyway, it is a combination of fact and fiction with some great photos. I would recommend it to anyone especially history buffs.
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Anne Thom, March 26, 2013 (view all comments by Anne Thom)
A very good book. If you are interested in Louisiana Creole culture or genealogy, this is a must addition to your library.

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Product Details

Tademy, Lalita
Warner Books
New York
Historical - General
Mothers and daughters
Historical fiction
Domestic fiction
Cane River Region
African-American women
African American families
Literature-A to Z
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Oprah's Book Club (Paperback)
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8.03x5.27x1.49 in. 1.02 lbs.

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