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Red River:
A Novel

by Lalita Tademy
Read by Tim Cain and Gammy Singer

      Tademy’s first novel, Cane River, was a persuasive retelling of her family’s history during the slave era. In her new novel, Red River, she offers once again a compelling novel straight out of her family’s past. Red River is about life in a small community down Red River from Colfax, Louisiana. It begins during the Reconstruction era.

Tademy’s writes about history’s disappointments, along with her family’s personal triumphs and tragedies. Readers are introduced to the Tademy family by way of Polly, Tademy’s great-great-grandmother. This time the author focuses more on the Tademy men and how they handle the responsibility of freedom. Tademy pens characters that hold their ancestry high and make personal choices with both family and community in mind. Men, in each generation, who live and work only to pass on triumphs and lessons to the next generation by way of an item or community achievement. She also writes about those who thought only to survive each day during the reconstruction, only to suffer the fate of a tight community and generations unaware of the sacrifices made for them. It’s a touching, complex novel full of emotion.

Hachette Audio includes an interview with the author. Tademy discusses her vow to discover her heritage and the stories she heard along the way. Tim Cain and Gammy Singer are the narrators of this audio book. Tademy’s words read aloud were captivating. Gammy’s voice drew me in and Cain’s tone carried the burden of the characters he read. Forget the headphones; this is one story that must be heard. Highly Recommended.

The Book

Hachette Audio
January 3, 2007
Audiobook - Abridged CD -5 CDs/ 6 hrs.
ISBN10: 1594835462
ISBN13: 9781594835469
Historical Fiction / African American Interests
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The Reviewer

Brenda Weeaks
Reviewed 2007
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