Cane River - Lalita Tademy While I found it interesting that Tademy based this on her own family history, sixteen year old me was not pleased to read about how the women in her family were being raped by older white men generation after generation. Sure, I liked the main characters, especially Philomene, and was well aware that these were completely viable situations that the four women could have went through. Perhaps if I had read this now instead of in high school, I might have been able to appreciate Cane River more, and wouldn't have considered reading it as a punishment.