Cane River

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Lalita Tademy

Narrated By: Robin Miles

Publisher: Recorded Books

Date: June 2010

Duration: 14 hours 30 minutes


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.


  • Fred

    One of the best books on what it was like for slaves, not just individually but hpw it affected the families. This is based on a true story and written by a member of the family it is about. There are lots of pictures in the hardcover edition of the actual family members and their documents, showing how much the owner paid for each one.

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