BOOK REVIEW: RED RIVER
What happened on April 13, 1873? Nine out of ten people probably do not know. This book tells the story of "the Colfax Riot". On this day in history, white residents killed hundreds of former slaves. Why? The former slaves were trying to protect the rights they had been given. The Colfax Riot was the bloodiest single instance of racial violence in the Reconstruction Era.
Lalita Tademy's first novel, Cane River, became a New York Times bestseller after being selected as an Oprah Book Club summer read. Lalita was a vice-president of Sun Microsystems and left her position in order to do research on her ancestors. Cane River was done to research her mother's side of the family and Red River involves her paternal ancestors.
The author does a wonderful job of weaving together many real life events and fiction to make this an historical and dramatic book. The book begins by giving us many of the details about the families involved in the Colfax Riot well before this tragic day even occurs. Here you will be introduced to characters like Israel. Through the author's descriptive writing style, the reader will feel the deep emotions that Israel feels about protecting his rights.
Even if you only read a few books each year, this is one that should be added to your list. Lalita Tademy is a very talented writer and this book is worth reading. You will learn something about an important day in history and what it really means to have pride. This is a story that should have been written many years ago - the author has done a tremendous job of bringing this historical day to the attention of the reader. This book is highly recommended.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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