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.
©2001 by Lalita Tademy (P)2001 by Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing
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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Glowglowgirl on 23-06-18

Gripping and warm

lovely female driven family drama. Bittersweet and uplifting. Rocks along and takes you with it.

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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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4 out of 5 stars
By Betty on 06-06-04

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.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 20-07-04

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.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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