Re: Information on the 'Cane River' Creoles of Louisiana
- Yes -- Heather -- you are exactly right !!!!
There is a very popular (Oprah's Book Club List)
book out that is called 'Cane River' and it
was written by author, 'Lalita Tademy'.
Listed below is a review / summary of the book.
Lalita Tademy's riveting family saga chroniclesWhen the Census taker looked at them, he saw `Colored'
four generations of women born into slavery
along the Cane River in Louisiana.
It is also a tale about the blurring of racial boundaries:
great-grandmother Elisabeth notices an unmistakable
"bleaching of the line" as first her daughter
Suzette, then her granddaughter Philomene,
and finally her great-granddaughter Emily
are 'forcibly' "persuaded" to continue to bear
the offspring of the area's White French planters.
However, neither state law nor local custom allows the
children to inherit (or even lay claim to the) wealth or
property (that would ordinarily and rightfully be theirs),
a fact that gives Cane River much of its narrative drive.
In the wake of a visit from the 1880 Census taker,
the aged Elisabeth reflects on how far they had come.
first, asking questions like single or married, trying
to introduce "shame" where there was none.
He took what he saw and foolishly put those
things down on a list for others to study.
In her introduction, Tademy explains that as a young
woman, she failed to appreciate the love and reverence
with which her mother and her four uncles spoke of their
lively Grandma 'Tite (short for "Mademoiselle Petite").
But the old stories haunted the author, and
armed with a couple of pages of history
compiled by a distant Louisiana cousin,
she began to piece together a genealogy.
The result Tademy eventually left her position as
vice president of a Fortune 500 company and set
to work on Cane River , in which she has deftly and
movingly reconstructed the world of her ancestors.
[Excerpt from ` Regina Marler's' Editorial Review]
Heather Stimmel <heather21230@...> wrote:
Just a question: Isn't "Cane River" a book
(one of Oprah's book club selections)?
I recall a book with this title, several years or so ago.
I ended up buying the book myself, but never read it.
Maybe I'll have to check it out, at the library, now! Heather
- Thought so! Thanks=) Now I know I have to get the book!!! Heather