The Book Nook is my little place to talk about (not to be insanely obvious here…) books. Because I like to read a book every year or so. I promise I won’t give anything away (but, things happen). And, there is a 76% chance that you’ll find this review a complete waste of time because you read the book 10 years ago. Moving on.
THE BOOK: Cane River by Lalita Tademy
My thoughts (which most likely carry little to no influence):
I actually finished this book before The Book Thief but decided to put the review on hold because, well, The Book Thief was awesome and Cane River was just meh. I started reading the thing way back in March-ish but then life cluttered things up (I got lazy) and just barely finished it before the holidays. The story, based on historical fact, follows a family of a American ‘Negro’ women and how they found the courage to suffer through slavery, the Civil War and it’s the aftermath. By the end, you find out that the author, Lalita, is actually a decedent of these amazing women, which is pretty special. A few complaints: it was sincerely hard to keep track of how everyone was related and it was just too long for me. Way too long. That’s why it took me a hundred years to read it. I must say, it’s another Oprah bookclub pick that let me down.
A few things I do admire, even so. Formerly, the author was a very successful VP for a Fortune 500 tech company, but decided to quit her impressive job to focus on researching her lineage and write this novel in honor of her family’s struggle, history, and courage. I appreciate her taking that leap to give a shout out to the ladies that laid the groundwork for her own independence and success.
Would I recommend it to a stranger on the bus (trying to make his way home)? Nah, probably not.
** UPDATE: What I am reading now: I just finished The Help and lordy, it was a good story. I’m waiting patiently (not a strength of mine) for The Hunger Games now.