Release Date: 1st April, 2002
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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The "New York Times" bestseller and Oprah's Book Club Pick--the unique and deeply moving epic of four generations of African-American women based on one family's ancestral past.
This was Lauren’s Epic Rec for March. Pretty sure that between the two of us we’ll have crossed every literary genre in existence by December tbh.
Cane River tells the story of three generations of women in one African-American family. Partly biographical, since Cane River is an account of Tademy’s family ancestry, the book weaves fiction with real events that occurred throughout these women’s lives. Taking place in Cane River, a small Louisiana region surrounded by cotton plantations, the book charts the historical events that shaped the area and the people living in it, from the slaves who were owned by the plantation owners, to the racial tension between the white landowners and the free people of colour who lived and worked in the region. It is a vivid account of slavery but also of the unique Creole culture that developed in Louisiana during the colonial period.