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Cane River | [Lalita Tademy]

Cane River

They were women whose lives began in slavery, who weathered the Civil War, and who grappled with the contradictions of emancipation through the turbulent early years of the 20th century. Through it all, they fought to unite their family and forge success on their own terms.
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Publisher's Summary

It is on a medium Creole plantation owned by a family named Derbanne that the stories of four astonishing women who battled vast injustices to create a legacy of hope and achievement came to life. They were women whose lives began in slavery, who weathered the Civil War, and who grappled with the contradictions 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 French-speaking slaves, free people of color, and whites, Tademy's great-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.

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©2001 by Lalita Tademy; All Rights Reserved; (P)2001 by Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

What the Critics Say

  • An Oprah Book Club Selection

" "Melodic voices and elegant description of four generations of African-American women lull you into the past and bring you into the rich, textured lives of the Derbanne family." (AudioFile)

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    Betty Dobson, NC, USA 06-06-04
    Betty Dobson, NC, USA 06-06-04
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    "Cane River"

    Wonderful story and narration. As a white women, I felt a part of this family. I would have given 5 stars except that it ends abruptly. It seemed as if the author just ran out of paper.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Susan allen, TX, USA 07-20-04
    Susan allen, TX, USA 07-20-04
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    "It's a good one."

    I read this because it was on Oprah's list, and it deserved to be. Interesting insight and perspective of the lives of African-Americans before and after the Civil War and slavery. Thought provoking as well as entertaining. Good narration.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Helen ProspectAustralia 01-22-05
    Helen ProspectAustralia 01-22-05
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    "Battle between white and colour...."

    I was alittle hesitant about this book. But knowing it was on Oprahs list I thought I'd give it a try. Absolutely believable. A fascinating listen about a family of 'coloured' people and their struggle to become 'normal and accepted'in the late 1800's/1900's. Whilst listening you feel yourself becoming a part of this family and hoping that they would win the battle between white and coloured people. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Started alittle slow I thought but definately glad I continued, infact found myself not wanting to 'put it down'!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda Cedar Rapids, IA, USA 02-20-04
    Rhonda Cedar Rapids, IA, USA 02-20-04
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    "Excellent book!"

    Cane River is a wonderfully thought-provoking book. The descriptions of the people and the places are very vivid. It is interesting to compare the dynamics of today's society to the groundwork laid out in this piece of fiction. It was very real. Well worth the download.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Virginia Beach, VA, USA 11-28-03
    Elizabeth Virginia Beach, VA, USA 11-28-03
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    "Terrific"

    This is a great story. The author blends history and drama together beautifully.

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    Amy HARRISBURG, NC, United States 02-18-12
    Amy HARRISBURG, NC, United States 02-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A story of strong women"

    If you're listening to this book while driving, it's the kind of book that will make you want to sit in your car in the garage even after you've arrived home because you're not ready to stop listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Newark, DE, USA 10-12-08
    Sandra Newark, DE, USA 10-12-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Yawn"

    I hate to be the first to leave a bad review so I will be mild. This book was so predictable. It was very well read but the story itself was average, there were too many characters to get involved with any single one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marly Lees Summit, MO, United States 07-02-13
    Marly Lees Summit, MO, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Thought-provoking story"
    Where does Cane River rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story was thought-provoking in many ways.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lalita Tademy? Why or why not?

    Possibly. This storyline jumped around a lot which I realize may be necessary when so many characters are involved over such a large timeframe. It just made it hard to follow and I wanted to learn more about specific characters rather than jumping over time periods in their lives.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I thought the reading came across as dull and uninteresting. It was a struggle to finish the book as a result.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The beginning was quite good. And throughout there were good lines that made me take pause.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    monica black creek, BC, Canada 02-05-13
    monica black creek, BC, Canada 02-05-13 Member Since 2012

    Im a 39 year old self employed female who does a lot of driving and audiobooks make driving enjoyable for me. I enjoy conteporary and historical fiction as well as fun comedic romances.

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    "good read"

    Thi sis my first book by this author and I could not turn off my ipod. The story was compelling and interesting and the narration was excellent. A great historical look at bi-racial and master slave relationships during pre and post civil war. I feel like I know this family and look forward to more books by the same author.

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    penni sacramento, ca, United States 04-26-12
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    "LOVED IT"
    Where does Cane River rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top 3


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They didn't try to do fancy voices and their natural voices were very soothing


    Who was the most memorable character of Cane River and why?

    Philomena because she was funny and wise at the same tine


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    "Cane River"

    The readers of the book were engaging. The story line was descriptive and filled with historical detail that captured the imagination. The story was easy to follow.

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