Cane River

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Publisher Description

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 from slavery to freedom begins on a Creole plantation in Louisiana.

Beginning 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 family.

There 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 future.

Meticulously researched and beautifully written, Cane River presents a slice of American history never before seen in such piercing and personal detail.

Fiction & Literature
April 17
Grand Central Publishing
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Sylvchap ,

Cane River

Wonderfully written!

ToniLynn ,


This was such wonderful reading. My sister lives outside of Colfax, LA and knows much of the history. The treatment and the clear separation only because of color has always been appalling to me. My sister took me to the plantations and several places mentioned in this book and I watched a interview with Lolita Tademy and it made this book seem even more real. So much sadness in the book but many of the elders kept their spirits up with keeping family close and their belief in God. It’s a great history, story and eye opener.

Anthony1234567891 ,


I enjoyed reading this book because it is a great history lesson, the details and understanding of the people are so real. An entertaining and easy to read black history listen of how the strength and love of family is the cornerstone to surviving and overcoming the wrongs that were done to our people. Thank you for sharing your family history because it is all our history.

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