Cane River by Lalita Tademy
(Oprah's Book Club)

80%

6 Critic Reviews

Her frank observations about black racism add depth to the tale, and she demonstrates that although the practice of slavery fell most harshly upon blacks, and especially women, it also constricted the lives and choices of white men.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

The "New York Times" bestseller and Oprah's Book Club Pick--the unique and deeply moving epic of four generations of African-American women based on one family's ancestral past.
 

About Lalita Tademy

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Lalita Tademy lives in Menlo Park, California.
 
Published April 17, 2001 by Grand Central Publishing. 526 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Religion & Spirituality, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Cane River
All: 6 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jan 01 2008

Tademy's people are distinctive personalities, enough so to compensate for the slackening of narrative energy as the story moves into the 1930s. The result is a richly textured family saga that resonates with intelligence and empathy.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jan 01 2008

Her frank observations about black racism add depth to the tale, and she demonstrates that although the practice of slavery fell most harshly upon blacks, and especially women, it also constricted the lives and choices of white men.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Book Reporter on Apr 01 2008

The strength and wisdom of these women is inspiring, and it was a treat to read a novel focusing on women in the family.

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RT Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Kathe Robin on Jan 01 2008

Not only is CANE RIVER a well-written, meticulously researched biographical novel, but it presents readers with a unique portrait of womens views on the South, slavery and the men who shared (and ruled) their lives.

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People

Good
on May 28 2001

...Tademy...cobbled together an imaginary past for four generations of her foremothers and produced this strongly written first novel about determined women in seemingly hopeless situations. Think of it as The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman times four.

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Large Print Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness on Jan 01 2008

Cane River is a moving, and riveting account of life in Louisiana, told through the stories of four women born into slavery.

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