Cane River

Cane River

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
Follows four generations of African American women from slavery to the early twentieth century as they struggle for economic security and the future of their families along the Cane River in rural Louisiana.

Publisher: New York : Warner Books, c2001
ISBN: 9780446530521
Branch Call Number: F TAD
Characteristics: xii, 418 p. : illus. ; 24 cm


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Oct 01, 2020

My book club read this prior to 2010. Historical fiction is a favorite genre and this novel is one of my favorites. I loved reading about the 7 generations of women described in this novel from the Revolutionary War era to the early part of the 20th century. Author Lakita Tademy's writing enables the reader to feel the physical and emotional pain her characters experience as slaves and the insecurities that still existed into the 20th century . I felt a sense of sadness when I completed reading this novel, as I wanted to hear more about these characters and future generations. I appreciated the Family Tree Diagram in the beginning of the book as well as the illustrations.

Jul 01, 2020

My absolute favorite book! Its story resonated with my own history and the author brought me to tears through her gifted storytelling. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Mar 08, 2018

This book is by far my favourite read of my adult life . Highly recommended

I love that the author was so passionate about this book that she quit her corporate job to track down her ancestry. She did an excellent job crafting an original story about three generations of women in her family based on her research. The characters were very believable with real struggles.

Apr 06, 2015

I recently visited the Cane River Creole National Park in Natchez, Louisiana, and was very interested to read this book. This is the story of several generations of Creole women from the same family, both slave and free, and was very well researched. Told in a fictionalized story that captured the beauty of the area and the harshness, and love of the lives lived by these women. I enjoyed all of the "extras" included in the book. These include numerous family trees, photographs and paintings of the characters.

LPL_KateG Mar 18, 2015

I am so glad I read this book. The author gives a gorgeous retelling of her family history (based mostly in fact, with some edits for narrative flow) through the voices of four generations of women. She provides family trees throughout, which I looked back at many times and really enhanced the narrative. The novel is emotional and heartbreaking but also inspiring.

prkmbc Sep 10, 2011

April 2004

Nov 08, 2007

this woman quit her job and researched her family tree. this is based on that research. 3 generations.


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Mar 03, 2011

Four or five generations of black and bi-racial women of a family from slavery to mid-20th century. Based on author's ascendants, but it is a novel. Louisiana Creole culture.


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