I really enjoyed reading about the family history of the black families, the Tademys' and the Smiths'. The novel reveals the story of the people of Colfax, Louisian following the Civil War through 4 generations. This novel, based on history was very educational as well as entertaining.
very good read and it really helps one to see a whole different side of the whole post-civil war/reconstruction era, the promises and desertion of the federal government once they got these folks to finally believe they could have something in the world and then not doing anything to assist, knowing that some would never let it happen. imagine having the right to vote for 10 years, and then having it taken away for decades after.
Family saga, second novel by the author who wrote CANE RIVER. A blend of historical fact and deeply moving fiction, going back to 1873
Another great novel by Lalita Tademy!
I loved the way it followed her family. It starts at the Colfax Riot and follows the ups and downs of the family.
True life story, heart wrenching, amazing.
I didn't enjoy this book as much as her first, Cane River. It was still a good read and was very interesting. I just didn't find myself as invested in the families as I did when reading Cane River.
I just finished this book and loved it! I liked the way the author started out with the oldest generation focusing on the main characters and did the same with each generation following it. I read Cane River a long time ago and cannot remember the details but I remember that it was a very good book. Whoever has not read these two books by Lalita Tademy should definitely add them to their TBR list.
Almost as good as Cane River, this story weaves true events in U.S. history with some of the knowledge the author has uncoverd about her own family history. Written in the voices of recently freed slaves, it is touching and heartbreaking at the same time. Lalita Tademy, who did a masterful job in Cane River has a knack for engaging the reader in a thoughtful way. It's not a pretty story but the lives of the characters are so vivid and real one can't help but become absorbed in the telling of it.
Lalita Tademy has done it again!! She is a phenomenal author! Each of her books gives new insight into our country at a very dark time.
Although fiction, the author's research and writing talent leads the reader to believe this mostly true book is non-fiction. This story is hard to put down and draws you in to the lives of the characters. Excellent reading.
I thought this was very good, well read by a man and a woman. How amazing that the author put together her family history so well. I would recommend.
april 13, 1873. What happened that day in the small southern town of colfax, Louisiana, was called "The Colfax Riot." But it was something far more devasting.....Weaving together history and the story of her family, Lalita Tademy.
Boring; someone into genealogy who decided to try to make it into a book? It could have been a GREAT story if it had been well written.