by Lalita Tademy
Category: Fiction / General
418 pages; ISBN: 0446527327
Rating: 1/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
On a remote Creole plantation in Louisiana in the 1830s, Suzette, a slave, wants to live in a big house. Her dreams die when she is forced to become a mistress to Frenchman Eugene Daurat. Their "high yellow" skinned daughter Philomene Daurat becomes mistress to Creole plantation owner Narcisse Fredieu and mother to the planter's other children. One of the next generation's children Emily Fredieu, born a slave in 1861, but much lighter in skin color, struggles with Jim Crow Laws and terrorists.
CANE RIVER is an incredible accomplishment that combines genuine written and oral records into a biographical novel of Lalita Tademy's ancestors. The story line is loaded with history and a true feel for several generations during a time of great social and cultural changes, but written from the perspectives of the women as well as the men in their lives. Ms. Tademy has written an insightful story that will garner the debut author much deserved acclaim.
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