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READ ´ Cane River Ñ 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 oThe 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. 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

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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 term. 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


Cane RiverS 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. 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