I just finished Cane River by Lalita Tademy. My book club read this for our February Selection. I am not writing an in depth synopsis of this book. I just want to note that I 100% loved the book. It is a saga about generations of women living in slavery in pre-civil war, during and after, along the Cane River in Louisiana. The author researched her own family history and wrote an unforgettable novel of strong women with unbreakable family ties. While there are parts of this story that will tear your heart out, you will be able to rejoice in the bonds of the family and fall in love with the inner strength and beauty of these fine Southern women. I appreciate the author was able to tell this honest story without having to add graphic sex scenes for drama as the unimaginable acts of against these brave women are not what defined them or their legacy.
I give the book five stars and endorse it with my highest recommendation. I read the book and I also have listened to several segments of the abridged audio. The audio book is well read and I recommend it also. Cane River would make an excellent reading group selection.
I purchased both the book and the audio book with my own funds.