Red River

Author(s): Lalita Tademy
Original Publish Date: Jan 09, 2007
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (13.47 hours)
Product Number: Z100011766
Released: Jan 09, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781415936856
Narrator/s: Bahni Turpin
Publisher: Books on Tape
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April 13, 1873. What happened that day in the small Southern town of Colfax, Louisiana, was called "the Colfax Riot." But it was something far more devastating. Weaving together history and the story of her own family, Lalita Tademy, author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Cane River, has written an epic work of fiction: the dramatic, intertwining story of two families struggling to survive and thrive in an America deeply divided after the Civil War. For the newly freed black residents of Colfax, Louisiana, the beginning of reconstruction promised them the right to vote, own property, and, at last, control their own lives. But in the space of a day, angry whites would take back Colfax in one of the deadliest incidents of racial violence in Southern history. In the bitter aftermath, the Tademys and the Smiths will have to deal with the wreckage, push on, and build a better life for their sons and daughters over the next seventy years. A unique accomplishment, this is history never before told, brought to life through the unforgettable lives of three generations of African American husbands and wives, parents and children. A saga of violence, courage, and, most of all, dreams broken, repaired, and strengthened over time, RED RIVER explores issues that resonate to this it illuminates the sometimes heartbreaking choices we all must make to claim the legacy that is ours.

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Author(s): Lalita Tademy
Product Number EB00278956
Released: Apr 10, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780446595629

Professional reviews

"The 1873 Colfax Riot in Louisiana is the focal point of Tademy's absorbing story of two emancipated slave families. That the author is descended from the people depicted lends an authenticity that few historical novels enjoy. Reader Bahni Turpin's soft bayou-country drawl smoothly handles the transitions of this absorbing chronicle. Her deft touch for voices and accents adroitly guides listeners among characters of differing ages, races, and genders. She demonstrates a dramatic range that is equal to the narrative's graphic accounts of battle as well as to its subtle personal scenes. The only distraction from an otherwise enjoyable audio experience is that the discs end abruptly, with no auditory cues. M.O.B. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"

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