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Page from a Tennessee Journal [Kindle Edition]

Francine Thomas Howard
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A family secret is the inspiration for Francine Thomas Howard's remarkable debut novel, set in 1913, that focuses on a white couple who own a rural Tennessee farm and an African-American husband and wife, sharecroppers who work their land.

In the novel, Annalaura Welles is forced to become the mistress of landowner Alex McNaughton after her husband, John, abandons her and her children. But trouble ensues when McNaughton develops genuine feelings for her. A sexual relationship is culturally acceptable, but love is not.

When John returns, Annalaura must make decisions that will preserve the lives of the main characters and a baby who's on the way. It's a story as suspenseful as it is rich in detail about the evolving relationships between blacks and whites and men and women in the rural south.

Page From a Tennessee Journal is also of note because it's one of the first books to be offered by AmazonEncore, a publishing program from Amazon that includes books that may not catch the eye of traditional publishers. -- Carol Memmott, USA TODAY

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Francine Thomas Howard left a rewarding career in pediatric occupational therapy to pursue her first love, writing. She resides with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 440 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 288 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0982555067
  • Verlag: Lake Union Publishing (16. März 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B002XA6INS
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sehr interessant 29. November 2012
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Zum Einen ist dieses Buch sehr schön geschrieben, es liest sich sehr flüssig.
Zum Anderen lernt man Einiges über die zwischenmenschlichen Beziehungen in den Südstaaten der USA zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts. Auch wenn die Abschaffung der Sklaverei bereits lange gesetzlich geregelt war, hatten die Menschen - sowohl die Weißen als auch die Farbigen - noch die alten Rollen in ihren Köpfen. Und in dieser Geschichte hier sind alle Varianten sehr eindrucksvoll beschrieben, sowohl der Umgang der weißen Plantagenbesitzer mit den farbigen Angestellten als auch das Verhältnis der Menschen mit gleicher Hautfarbe untereinander.
Sehr interessant, absolut lesenswert, finde ich.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A very intensive read 19. September 2012
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I read this book some weeks ago, but still it is singing in my soul ... A very intense and enjoyable read that will have a strong impact on every reader!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A MUST READ..........!!!! 26. Februar 2010
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The year is 1913, and young AnnaLaura Welles has again been abandoned by her philandering husband John. Left to fend for herself and her four young children, AnnaLaura struggles to keep her childrens' hunger pangs at bay. Worse yet, their life as tenant farmers is completely dependent on their ability to "bring in" a productive tobacco crop for their employer. And though AnnaLaura and all of her children--even the youngest, three-year-old Henry--toil from sunup to sundown, it soon becomes very apparent that the family will not be able to do it on their own...even though the very roof over their heads depends on it. When employer Alexander McNaughton visits the mid-forty, sensing something's amiss, it doesn't take him long to see the dire circumstances that the family is in...nor does it take him long to notice AnnaLaura. McNaughton realizes that AnnaLaura, though married, has no husband around. Soon all he can think about is his desire for AnnaLaura...and he acts on that. And he couples that with food, clothes, and other things for Anna (or Laurie, as he soon affectionately calls her) and her children. Of note is that this arrangement, at least initially, cannot be called a "relationship." To quote AnnaLaura's Aunt Becky: "Ain't never been a brown-skinned woman who had any say over what a Tennessee white man can do with her body." Eventually, however, AnnaLaura develops feelings for Alex...he is tender, loving, and provides for both her and her children. Soon AnnaLaura becomes pregnant with his child, and Alex is thrilled although AnnaLaura is horrified. She knows all too well the horrors that could befall her family under circumstances such as these...but Alex has visions of them living together as a family (despite the fact that he himself is married). The story takes a climactic turn when the errant John Welles returns home after being gone for a year...and see the very pregnant AnnaLaura.

A pageturner, with an interesting slant on the dynamic between a powerful White man and a powerless Black woman during the early 1900s....informative look into the existence of the tenant farmer. Loved the book.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Haunting 9. Februar 2010
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This book is a must read. Author Francine Thomas Howard has done a superb job in crafting this story.

The year is 1913. The place is rural Tennessee. White farmers rule, despite the fact that the Civil War has been over for nearly 50 years. White women have little if any say in the day to day running of their households and if their men decide to stray, they are supposed to look the other way and pretend it never happened. Even worse are the lives of the black sharecroppers who make the farms profitable for the white owners. They struggle, barely earning enough to feed themselves and their families, though they are working long days in the fields. At times, even children as young as five help their parents tend the crops.

This harsh reality is the backdrop for the story of two families--those of John Welles, a black sharecropper, and Alexander McNaughton, a white farmer. All is well until John disappears, leaving his wife and four children to struggle. Soon the family is on the edge of starvation and John's wife Annalaura fears that they will be thrown off the farm because she and her children do not have the strength to bring in the tobacco crop. Then Annalaura catches the eye of Alexander. To say more about the plot would be a spoiler. But to find out what happens to the two families as a result of Welles' leaving and Alexander's actions, readers will keep turning pages far into the night.

Ms. Howard has depicted the customs and the mores of the times and made them seem real. She has entered her characters and stripped their souls bare.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Unforgettable read 5. Februar 2010
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This book is a very readable and interesting tale of race relations in the United States in 1913/14. The rules and realities of black/white interactions are defined through the main story and several side stories.

The success of The Help might have helped promote the reissue of this book and wisely so. It is an engrossing read and really hard to put down. Anyone interested in the subject of race relations in the US, or anyone looking for a really good novel, will find this of interest.

John Welles, a poor sharecropper black man with a wife and four small children, leaves unexpectedly and doesn't return for many months. His wife has great difficulty feeding her children and doing the work required to keep their home. She catches the eye of the white owner of the farm . . . Don't want to give away more of the story than is obvious but will say that the ending is a surprise and makes a hero out of an unlikely character in a very satisfying way.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Fully Fleshed Yet Slow Paced 23. Februar 2010
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"Page From A Tennessee Journal", by Francine Howard tells the story of a black sharecropping woman, her family and the white family that owns the land they help farm. The white farmer, who's own wife is barren, uses the recently-absent black sharecropper's wife for his pleasure but ends up in love with her... and then the story gets complicated. Throw in some cards and whiskey, a brujo-mammy in a cabin by the river, a few wilting belle family relations arguing in a hot kitchen at canning time and you have the recipe for either a Nobel Prize or a near-disaster. But it's not 1949 and that Nobel was already handed out. This reader's opinion leans toward the latter for reasons I will elucidate below.

For me, this book read like an unedited rough draft. The pacing was slow enough to cause a lack of interest. I don't need an action-packed, explosion-filled action thriller, but Howard's story of bi-racial, southern intermingling, racism and share-cropping during the early 1900s could use a flood, tornado or some other calamity to occasionally jolt the reader into consciousness. It's as if the author thought that the forbidden sex of a bi-racial one-sided romance between a farmer and his sharecropper's wife would be tawdry enough to make her book a page-turner. For me, it was not and did not show me anything new. This story line, a well-intended but lengthy cliché, has been done more than a few times before and by much better authors than Ms. Howard.

Ultimately, Howard's "Page" is a fairly good effort, but will take some patience for those used to breezier story arcs. It is written an antique style and has a rural (some might say southern/ethnic) vernacular throughout. I didn't have a problem with those facts as much as I had trouble getting through some of the overly-wordy dialogue and repetitious situations/conversations. There is an art to self-editing and Ms. Howard's next book might hopefully show less of a propensity toward lengthy conversations and more toward picture interest and pacing.

If you are looking for something a bit higher grade which deals with similar situations and characters, look no further than Faulkner's "The Reivers" or "Light in August"; or perhaps in film, Robert Benton's "Places in the Heart". Any yearnings for fields of crops, twangy accents, wronged women or southern misogyny will be fully satisfied.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The subjugation of women 1. März 2010
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Page from a Tennessee Journal displays the prevalent racism of the time, and how even after the turn of the century white farmers where using another version of slavery - sharecropping. The more surprising theme is the subjugation of women, and the author illustrates that very well. In Francine Thomas Howard's unforgettable story a rich white farmer desires a black sharecropping woman. The events that take place change the lives of these two, and their spouses. The author was masterful in showing the limited control that Annalaura, a sharecropper whose husband has abandoned her and her children, can wield to protect herself. And surprisingly, we are shown the limited choices available to the farmer's wife, as she obsesses about the very few things she can control.

Written in the third person, Howard tells the story from the point of view of the four main characters - Annalaura, struggling to feed her children, her husband John who is off on a misguided quest, Alexander the farmer, and his wife Eula Mae. The author does a better job fleshing out the women than she does with the men mostly because of the details of the lives of the women are painstakingly described. With the men, the author adeptly exposes the attitudes that each held toward women.

Howard does not sugar-coat the sexuality or the despair in her telling of this collision of lives.
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