But this may be my favourite: "Cane River" by Lalita Tademy
Location: Louisiana (Rosedew Plantation)
There were three distinct classes in Cane river- Creole French planters, free people of colour, and slaves. Surprisingly, even the free people of colour had slaves.
There was great skin colour bias in this family because they were attempting to 'bleach the line' - a conscious and not-so-conscious effort to improve life for their descendants.
The slave acution was very disturbing. Each woman in each generation had emotional depressions but the family brought them through.
Elizabeth - had 2 babies by the son of the plantation owner- she was sold away from them - loving relationship with Gerasimo (fiddler)- 2 daughters.
Suzette- raped by Eugene Daurat- 2 children - sold to Oreline (with daughter and sister)- later married Nicolas Mulon whom she had had a crush on earlier.
Philomene- psychic- married Clement - twins- Clement sold, babies die- gives in to Narcisse- 8 children- got land from Narcisse (and house)
Emily - fell in love with Joseph Billes, worked in his store- 5 children- Joseph got pressure from Night Riders- Emily got land and money.
Angelite- baby by Jacques- terrorized by Night Riders- Jacques returned to France. Angelite married a black farmer, died in childbirth.
The situations that women have had to face are unbelievable! And this book really brings them to life.
|author- Lalita Tademy|