Book Club Kit: Cane River

Cane RiverCane River
by Lalita Tademy
First Published: 2001
5 Copies & Reading Guide

Set among the plantations in deepest Louisiana, Cane River follows the lives of five generations of women from the time of slavery in the early 1800s into the early years of the 20th century. From down-trodden, philosophical Suzette, who was born and died a slave, to educated, pale-skinned Emily, whose high ambitions born in freedom become her downfall, we are introduced to a remarkable cast of characters whose struggles reflect the tragedy of slavery and, ultimately, the triumph of the spirit. This deeply personal saga – based entirely on the author’s research into her own family history – ranks with the best African-American novels and introduces a major new writer.

Reading Guides:
LitLovers – Includes Author Info, Reviews, and Discussion Questions
Oprah’s Book Club Collection – Includes Author Interviews, Character Descriptions, and more.

January Magazine – “Gone with the River” by Linda L. Richards
USA Today – “Cane River Springs from Gaps in Slaves’ History” by Anne Stephenson

On the Web:
Author’s Official Website –
Cane River National Heritage Area –
Cane River Creole National Park Website & YouTube Channel

If you enjoyed Cane River, you might like:
Red River by Lalita Tademy
Roots by Alex Haley
Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
A Mercy (Book Club Kit) by Toni Morrison


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