• Cane River

    Date: 2011.05.10 | Category: book review | Tags:

    While laying flat on my back on an ice pack for most of yesterday I got to finish an excellent book (sorry kids!).  Cane River by Lalita Tademy is a fictionalized account of the real life slave ancestors of the author.  The book is divided into three sections- one for her great grandmother, her great great grandmother and her great great great grandmother.  The author did a thorough job of researching the history of her family and then wrote this novel to help flesh out the story- attributing motives and personalities to family lore and historic documents.  Although parts of the story are sad and terrible things happen, the overall theme of hope and family and perseverance triumph.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the story.  I frequently felt the burning need to know whether events really occurred the way they were portrayed in the novel.  I always love a historical fiction that captures me with the story and teaches me about a time or place at the same time.  This book did that and more.  I highly recommend it!  (And no, this was not one of my blogging for books books.  I do have one sitting on my counter waiting for me to get past the 10th page.  It may never happen!)