A book by Toni Morrison
Lalita Tademy's riveting family saga chronicles four generations of women born into slavery along the Cane River in Louisiana. It is also a tale about the blurring of racial boundaries: great-grandmother Elisabeth notices an unmistakable "bleaching … see full wiki
The popularity of this novel lies in the successful struggle for survival that is so familiar to Black families that have begun in slavery. Since the women are chattels of their powerful white owners and freemen, the once strong color of their line is diluted into many equally beautiful shades. It is left up to these women to maintain the strength and integrity of their family line. In this effort, they are all successful, from Elizabeth to Suzette to Philomene, and finally, to Emily. This is a story of hope in the face of heartbreaking loss, the courage to continue for the sake of family members yet to come.
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