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THE POST-SIGNAL / Saja Hoffpauir
At the recent March meeting of the Attakapas Study Club, member Dot Simon, center, led the group in a discussion of the novel “Cane River” by Lolita Tademy. Hostesses for the meeting were Jeri Stevenson, left, and Sandra Pruitt, right.

Attakapas Study Club reviews Tademy’s ‘Cane River’

The Attakapas Study Club of Crowley recently held its regular monthly meeting at the Acadia Parish Library.
There were thirteen members present for the March 11 meeting, including Ella Mae Bertrand, Jackie Buescher, Bettie Duhon, Shirley Griffin, Barbara Lengefeld, Bonnie Matirne, Josie Millet, Sandra Pruitt, Elizabeth Regan, Dot Simon, Jeri Stevenson and Ethel Thibodeaux.
Lengefeld presented the group with the following officer nominations: Regan, president; Duhon, vice president; Gerry Meche, treasurer; and Lengefeld, secretary. A motion was made, seconded, voted on and passed to elect the nominees for the next two-year term.
There was discussion about choosing a book to donate to the Acadia Parish Library in memory of June Hupp, a club member who recently passed away. The matter will be decided next month.
The program, led by Simon, was a book review of “Cane River” by Lolita Tademy. Simon opened the discussion by stating that the author had left a very lucrative job in Silicon Valley to follow her dream and research her family tree. Traveling many times from California to Louisiana, the author interviewed family members and local historians, obtained thousands of photos and gathered many documents to put together the epic novel of four generations of African-American women based on her own ancestors’ actual pasts.
The location of the story is a Creole plantation on the banks of Louisiana’s Cane River, and it is the tale of four generations of women who live through slavery, weather the Civil War and struggle with emancipation throughout the turbulent early years of the twentieth century.
There was much discussion amongst the members about the book and the times about which the book was written.
Refreshments were served by hostesses, Sandra Pruitt and Jeri Stevenson.

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