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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,374 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lalita Tademy Narrator: Tim Cain, Gammy Singer Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781594835476
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For the newly freed black residents of Colfax, Louisiana, the beginning of Reconstruction promised the right to vote, own property, and, at the very least, control over their own lives. However, in the space of a day, angry whites took back Colfax in one of the most brutal incidents of racial violence in Southern history. Now, in the bitter aftermath, the Tademys and the Smiths will have to deal with the wreckage, push on, and build a better life for their sons and daughters over the next 70 years.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 2/14/2014

    " A wonderful history/genealogy fiction story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette | 2/9/2014

    " I really wanted to like this book. I had read her previous book Cane River and loved it. Both are based loosely on her family history in Louisiana. But this book was somewhat uneven and dragged in spots (because of detail which got in the way of the story). The story picks up with part of her family in the Red River area of Louisiana during the reconstruction era after the Civil War when blacks "colored folks" had the vote in the South (for a short period of time) and had begun to buy land and develop businesses. The story follows the rise of White Supremacy in the south and the gradual erosion of hard earned rights by blacks. The focus of the first half of the book is the Easter Sunday massacre of 1873 (or the Easter Sunday Riot...as its described in the South) where 150 black men and 3 whites were killed. AGain...the history here is interesting and illuminating and the characters are well drawn but the storyline drags and doesn't live up to its promise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/9/2014

    " This book was very interesting although, like Tademy's previous novel Cane River, more from a historical perspective than a literary one. But I enjoyed looking at the history of the Reconstruction and Jim Crow through the eyes of specific individuals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mignon Young | 1/29/2014

    " This is a wonderful history of Lalita Tademy's family during the difficult years following the Civil War. It is incredible how cruelly the Blacks were treated at a time when they should have been enjoying the freedoms the Whites take for granted. I felt I learned valuable things, not only about her family but about America's history as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 1/28/2014

    " This one is not as good as Cane River, but it is very good. The focus is more on the men trying to take care of their families in the days of slavery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annah | 1/28/2014

    " Sequel to Cane river which is good but not like the first book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laralee | 1/22/2014

    " Book follows author's paternal line. Not as powerful as Cane River, but still worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/17/2014

    " Amazing what history I've learned. A definite must read as a follow up to Tademy's first novel, a pre-quel of sorts, "Cane River". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila Woofter | 1/15/2014

    " Can't wait for another book. These are lyrical, historical, and WONDERFUL! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vera | 1/9/2014

    " So so. A compelling event, told in an uncompelling manner. Glad I read it, but I don't think the author did a very good job. All black characters were good. All the white ones were bad. Probably more true than not, but very one-dimensional. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 1/6/2014

    " A well written, heartfelt account of the 1873 Colfax. Louisiana massacre. This is an historical novel told from the "colored" side, intertwining the massacre with the black families involved and the descendants of the few who survived. I had never heard of this piece of history before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 12/25/2013

    " Not too sure on this one yet - only 100 pages into it and it is okay so far. Only time will tell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 12/20/2013

    " I liked this book, but not nearly as much as Cane River. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Metzger | 12/12/2013

    " Well written on the hardships of blacks after the civil war,carpetbaggers ,voting and standing up for them selves "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 12/3/2013

    " This got a little long for me, but it was well written. Book club liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn Levine | 12/1/2013

    " Not as compelling as her previous book. It was ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rea | 11/30/2013

    " Sad history of live 10 years after emancipation. An important work, and how powerful that the writer is able to tell her ancestor's history! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 2/13/2013

    " Cane River was much better. But this book did a good job of closing out her father's side of the family tree. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jlbutler55 | 1/28/2013

    " Her other book Cane River was much better. Cane River is the story of her ancestors on her mother's side; Red River is about those on her father's side. Still and interesting read, though "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbara Brook | 1/14/2013

    " I loved Cane River, so hopefully this one will be as good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannie | 10/27/2012

    " Excellent book; although not as good as Cane River. You will want to finish the story began in Cane River. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 8/9/2012

    " Great book. Really difficult to read at times, but this is a terrible part of our nation's history that we mustn't forget. Didn't enjoy this as much as the author's other book Cane River, but this one is much darker(because of actual events). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neelum | 6/2/2012

    " Slow built... but a book that would fly you from generations to generations ...a masterpiece i can never forget about ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candice | 11/6/2011

    " great read, very sad even made me angry at the way life used to be for some. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 8/14/2011

    " So well written and conceived. I felt like I was a part of the events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 4/11/2011

    " Red River is about the reconstruction period after the civil war and illustrates the difficulties for blacks between 1873 and up to about 1935. A very good story! This historical fiction, even though very graphic and brutal, is very much believable! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbara | 3/3/2011

    " I loved Cane River, so hopefully this one will be as good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 2/9/2011

    " An bittersweet memoir of courage and endurance,wisdom and faith. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Marie | 2/5/2011

    " Really intense and eye-opening. I read it in two days, couldn't put it down even though sometimes I was so freaked out that I wanted to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elsie | 1/26/2011

    " Perfect follow up of the story of her father's family. May we never forget the injustice done after emancipation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 1/25/2011

    " Very good. Depicts two African-American families struggles after the Civil War.Weaves together history and the story of her own family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 1/12/2011

    " i loved this book. although a sad read I learned a lot about the Colfax Massacre "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 11/29/2010

    " Great look at the black people from 1878 to 1935. It brings the characters to life as if you know them personally. Great addition to Cane River.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/12/2010

    " A historical account of the massacre at Colfax, Louisiana after the Civil War. Pretty Grim. But something that should be in the history books. Lalita Tademy takes on a difficult subject and does a good job of it, even if it is pretty brutal to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nedra | 9/29/2010

    " After a slow start the book finally came alive. The author does a great job of fictionally following her own family through the generations. "

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About the Author
Author Lalita Tademy

Lalita Tademy was born in Berkeley, California, far from her parents’ Southern roots. A former vice president of Sun Microsystems, she left the corporate world to immerse herself in tracing her family’s history and writing her first book, Cane River, based on the lives of four generations of colored Creole slave women in Louisiana, women Tademy descended from. She is also the author of Red River, a historical novel based on real events during Reconstruction after the Civil War. 

About the Narrator

Tim Cain’s resume includes off-Broadway and regional theater. He has narrated live events with varied artists such as jazz performers Eric Reed and Patti Austin, in addition to several holiday seasons traveling with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He can also be heard on audiobooks by authors Walter Mosley, Caroline Kennedy, and James Patterson.