Tademy Family Chronicles

2 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 277 ratings

Cane River Publisher's Summary

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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  • Book 1

    • Cane River

    • By: Lalita Tademy
    • Narrated by: Robin Miles
    • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 136
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This book and story was wonderful

    • By Courtney on 11-04-17

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 2

    • Red River

    • By: Lalita Tademy
    • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 129
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 78

    For the newly freed black residents of Colfax, Louisiana, the beginning of Reconstruction promised the right to vote, to own property, and, at the very least, control over their own lives. However, in the space of a day, angry whites took back Colfax in one of the most brutal incidents of racial violence in Southern history. Now, in the bitter aftermath, the Tademys and the Smiths will have to deal with the wreckage, push on, and build a better life for their sons and daughters over the next 70 years.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Stilted, painful for the listener

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-03-11

    Regular price: $31.50