Lalita Tademy was vice president of Sun Microsystems until she left corporate life to research the history of her family. The result of her two-year search is Cane River, a novel which quickly became both a New York Times best seller and an Oprah's Book Club selection.
Cane River is an isolated community that lies on a small river in central Louisiana. There in the early 19th century, slaves, free people of color, and Creole French planters lived and worked, loved and bore children. And there, 165 years later, Tademy discovers her amazing heritage. Beginning with her great-great-great-great grandmother, a slave owned by a Creole family, Tademy chronicles four generations of strong, determined black women. A combination of meticulously-researched genealogy and superb storytelling makes Cane River a truly unique experience. As the author peels back layers of racial and cultural attitudes, she paints a remarkable picture of rural Louisiana and the resilient spirit of one unforgettable family.
©2001 Lalita Tademy (P)2002 Recorded Books
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The fluid narration, well developed and memorable characters, accurate setting, complex but easily followed story line, and an overall better than Mitchner accomplishment.
Philomine - her character is so authentic, with the strengths and foibles portrayed believably every step of the storyline.
I have not, but it was the best performance I've heard yet on Audible. Her elocution was excellent and her French fluency was natural.
A riveting document-drama too important to miss!
I enjoyed this book more than any other I've listened to from Audible. I predict a tremendous success for Ms Tademy's literary career.
This story has inspired me to learn even more about my family's history and to better understand the social dynamics that influenced and/or forced the decisions my ancestors made to survive, thrive and protect their families living in a caste system of white and "light" privilege. It helped me recognize how learned and institutionalized racial prejudice has been so devastating to every aspect of our social fabric, moral ethic and sense of humanity (past and present). By endorsing notions of superiority solely because of white skin, while demonizing any lineage that is of "non-white" origin, we breed contempt across cultures and more importantly within our own, with feelings of self-loathing instead of embracing our own individual beauty and unique diversity.
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