The sequel to Lalita Tademy's bestselling CANE RIVER, the heartbreaking and compelling story of her family's experiences of slavery and the American ...Show synopsisThe sequel to Lalita Tademy's bestselling CANE RIVER, the heartbreaking and compelling story of her family's experiences of slavery and the American Civil War. Now, in RED RIVER, she takes readers on a new journey: that of her father's family, whose experiences were more dramatic and painful still. From Sam Tademy, the son of a runaway slave, and his fiercely strong wife Polly, to the father and son who witness unspeakable crimes, this is an unforgettably moving novel of true lives which collided with history.Hide synopsis
Red River is undeniably powerful. Set against the backdrop of the "Reconstruction" after the Civil War in Colfax, Louisiana, and the very real "Riot of Colfax" on April 13th, 1873, we meet two special families, The Smith's and The Tademy's. The clear vividness of each character and the trials and the sacrafices each one endures is equivalent to a precious family heirloom, to be remembered and passed from one generation to the next, much like the book itself. This story is overflowing with incredible, inspiring pride and should be on the bookshelf of every school library. There is a certain aura about this story mingling the insurmountable love and respect they have for one another, and their duty to their children and community, making this book totally unforgettable.
Having read Cane River by the same author, I thought I would enjoy Red River. I was right. This is the story of the other side of the family. She takes a little known incident in the history of the south and weaves a family narrative around it that is mesmerizing. Once again the family shines through with integrity and intelligence to become a successful part of the American Dream despite all the obstacles put in their way.
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