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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Lindy on 07-22-14

Fascinating historical page-turner

What made the experience of listening to Cane River the most enjoyable?

The fluid narration, well developed and memorable characters, accurate setting, complex but easily followed story line, and an overall better than Mitchner accomplishment.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Philomine - her character is so authentic, with the strengths and foibles portrayed believably every step of the storyline.

Have you listened to any of Robin Miles’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A riveting document-drama too important to miss!

Any additional comments?

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.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Courtney on 11-04-17

This book and story was wonderful

Because of the French undertone I had a hard grasping the story and characters in the beginning but around the 3rd chapter I finally got it together and was enthralled with the storyline. great book.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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