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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 and Gammy Singer Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

Hailed as remarkable (Philadelphia Inquirer), astonishing (Essence), and spellbinding (Detroit Free Press), Lalita Tademy's first novel, Cane River, was a New York Times best seller and the 2001 Oprah Book Club Summer Selection. Now, once again, Tademy weaves together history and the story of her own family to bring us an epic work of fiction - the dramatic, intertwining tale of two families struggling to make peace for themselves in an America deeply divided after the Civil War.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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