This is a FABULOUS book for many reasons.
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Also, if you have any interest in researching your family history you'll find the author's efforts fascinating.
Epic novel of four generations of African American women, based on one families actual researched past, unforgettable storytelling
The story of several generations of slave women in the deep south before, during, and after the Civil War. Their stories are told in depth, much heart break, surprises, and a glimps of the strength of these women. I highly recommend, especially for women of all ages.
I really enjoyed this book -- it's a true story of a slave woman and her descendants through freedom and how they survived once slavery was abolished.
This is a fascinating blend of historical fiction and Tademy's family narrative through several generations beginning in the antebellum South. It's a tribute to strong women who faced complicated and painful "color lines" .
This book is about a family who was brought to this country as slaves. The story tells about each generation and how life was for them. It tells how the mothers wanted to improve life for themselves and for their children and grandchildren.
I am white, but I must tell you I am a little jealous that I haven't had a book written about MY family like this one. Its a good read.
Had read The Help not long ago. This is a much better book.
Good read also gives an understanding to how the times were back when.
This is one of the best novels I have ever read. I purchased a signed hard cover because I think so highly of it.
Covering a century's period of time, "Cane River" tells the story of a family born into slavery. Four strong women--in their own ways--Elisabeth, Suzette, Philomene and Emily each strive to better the lives of their children. It's a true story but has been fictionalized (like "Roots") and the author is a marvellous storyteller.
Amazing story...very moving and disturbing!
Very interesting. From Back Cover: This is a epic novel of four generations of African-American women, a work based on the author's acutal past. It is on a medium sized Creole plantation owned by a family name Derbanne that the stories of four astonishing women who battled vast injustices to creat a legacy of hope and achievement come to life. They were women whose lives began in slavery, who weathered the Civil War, and who grappled with the contracictions 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. Amid small farmhouses and a tightly knit community of Frency-speaking slaves, free people of color, and whites, Tademy'ds 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.
This is an exceptional read. Not only is it a wonderful story but very educational as well. I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages!