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 Cane River

by Lalita Tademy

"An accomplished first novel weaves fragments of real-life family lore into a vivid tale of four generations of African-American women struggling to hold their families together, first as slaves, then as freed people subject to Jim Crow laws and white vigilantism.The story opens in 1834 [and] moves into the 1930s. The result is a richly textured family saga that resonates with intelligence and empathy. " -- Kirkus