Page From a Tennessee Journal by Francine Thomas Howard

Page From a Tennessee Journal

It is 1913, shortly before the start of the First World War, and Annalaura is alone again. Her gambling, womanizing husband has left the plot they sharecrop in rural Tennessee — why or for how long she does not know. Without food or money and with her future tied to the fate of the season’s tobacco crop, Annalaura struggles to raise her four children. When help comes in the form of an amorous landowner, who is she to turn it — and him — a...

Details Page From a Tennessee Journal

TitlePage From a Tennessee Journal
Release DateMar 16th, 2010
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Cultural, African American

Reviews Page From a Tennessee Journal

  • Mocha Girl
    Howard's wonderful debut, Page From a Tennessee Journal, is not only a testament to her family, but also a revealing peak into a shameful aspect of American history. Although the book is tagged as a work of fiction, its premise and themes reflect the social, political, and racial attitudes and views of the American South in the early twentieth century.The novel focuses on two couples, one black family with young children and their white landowner...
  • Tory
    All of my least favorite things - bad writing, heaving bosoms, etc ick.
  • Angela Smith
    Being interested in all periods of history this book was no exception. The story is set in 1913 in Rural Tennessee and tells the stories of two families. The first family is that of the name Welles, a black family share-cropping tobacco on McNaughton land. Annalaura Welles is in dire straits with her husband disappearing on her and her four children some weeks earlier, the crops are not growing well and their meagre food supplies are running out....
  • Aarti
    Page From a Tennessee Journal revolves around four people. Eula Mae has been married to Alex McNaughton for over twenty years. They have no children, a hole that she feels keenly. She loves her husband, but he hardly pays her any attention. She takes pride in anticipating all his needs and wants. But Eula Mae sometimes wishes that she could be more intimate with her husband; she just doesn't know how to apprise him of that fact without him thinki...
  • Lauren
    Page from a Tennessee Journal tells the story of race and gender relations in 1913 Tennessee through the parallel but intersecting stories of two couples - white landowners Eula and Alex McNaughton and black sharecroppers Annalaura and Joe Welles. The story was emotional, brutal, and tender, highlighting the social structure of the South in that era. The story was more complex than your typical race relations novel because it looked not only at t...
  • Trish
    The writing style of this novel seems to be typical of the new writers coming out of Writers’ Workshops these days; generic. While the stories and settings are different, the overall style and tone of these new “serious” novels are the same. It’s as if they are all part of an upscale chain of restaurants. The formula seems to be: write prose that are better than average (but nothing too difficult, esoteric, lyrical or original), and write...
  • Monica Savage
    Bare with me while I try to explain my two star rating. First of all, this is a story about a harsh time in South's history - the treatment of blacks after slavery was abolished. It is the very ugly reality of the exploitation of black women by white men, and also of white, southern women by white southern men. I am glad the author reminded us of that time. However, I wish the telling of the story had been stronger. The writing seems very standar...
  • Lisa Cresswell
    This was a well written book with an interesting setting, but I did not enjoy the premise of the story. None of the characters are particularly likeable and the ending is not satisfying for me personally. I know it's set in another time period, but I have to question the fact that ALL the male characters felt they could cheat on their wives without issue, but women didn't have the same options. I'm not convinced that's entirely accurate. It's cer...
  • Kaye
    Fabulous book! Being from the south I found the story totally believable and the authors treatment of the characters wonderful. The story is set just after the turn of the century with a white landowner falling in love with a black sharecropper and while it was acceptable to have sex with black women it was taboo to actually love them or at least let it be known that you loved them. This was a time in southern history when women, black and white ...
  • Scott L
    Powerful, horrifying, eye-opening. I don't think I've ever understood the plight of the black woman in the south, even as late as 1910, until now. I listened to the book - outstanding narration by Casaundra Freeman. Not only did I get inside the head and heart of the main character, Annalaura, but also her husband, her white lover, and finally the white lover's wife. Although slavery has been abolished for many years, it is still so much a part o...
  • Trudy
    A really good story which has held me captive for the last three days. It a story of motives, actions, and morals. Some of the characters do some truly wicked things, but they feel totally justified, and therefore do not see the devestation which their actions have caused. I guess very few things are purely black or white.
  • Kathryn
    What a wonderful story. Powerful, moving, amazing. A very worthy read indeed. One of those books I found hard to put down once I started reading it!! it was worth every penny that I paid for it and then some.
  • Jamie Stevens
    Wonderful and enthralling storyI chose this book to read because of its title and its cover. I've always been interested in the post civil war reconstruction period in the south and the travails of its sharecroppers and its landowners. Francine Thomas Howard's characters jumped off the page at me and became people I cared about from the very beginning. It read like a personal journal to me. Annalaura, John, Alex, Rebecca, Eula are wonderfully dev...
  • Kelly
    I tried. I really, really tried 3 times to give this book a chance, but I could not. Between the racial language to the gross sexual assault, there was no way in hell I was going to enjoy this book or even get anything from it other than the taste of rising bile in my mouth. Maybe someone else can somehow appreciate the historical accuracy of it, but for me, give the current climate at the end of 2017, this is not what I need. I stopped torturing...
  • Annette
    A friend recommended this book, it's probably one I wouldn't have picked up otherwise. I thought it was a good book, something different
  • Linda
    pedestrian and terrible.
  • Dawn
    I stumbled upon this book here on Goodreads. A shared book group member of mines, had the sequel as a "book she wants to read". I looked up the author and found there was this book. It was on kindle unlimited. I wasn't planning on reading the book but the kindle has new audio feature that was available with this book that I wanted to check out.I will say this book was a very pleasant surprise. This is probably one of the first historical novels w...
  • Gloria ~ mzglorybe
    Do not expect a fairy-tale ending. Remember this is the early 1900's in Tennessee. There were no happy endings for anyone in this situation. It was common for white men/landowners to have black mistresses, and often times these women labored on these white men's properties, where they lived with their wives. In this well written but heartbreaking novel, we get an intimate view of what it must've been like for all. For the white wives, who despite...
  • Shari Larsen
    Sorry, too tired today to write a totally original review, so I am borrowing a description from Review"Book Description: In Francine Howard’s stunning debut, Page from a Tennessee Journal, rural Tennessee of 1913 remains an unforgiving place for two couples--one black, the other white--who stumble against the rigid boundaries separating their worlds. When white farmer Alexander McNaughton falters into forbidden love with Annal...
  • Hoosier
    Francine Thomas Howard should be congratulated for reminding us about the existence of slavery in the post-slavery era. The story begins with a description of Annalaura Welles and her four small children. Annalaura's husband, John, had suddenly left his family before the tobacco crop harvesting had been completed. He took with him most of the family's funds and food. Annalaura and her young children had to subsist on soup made from water and dand...
  • Chrystyna
    I really enoyed this book. It kept my attention and I looked forward to reading it every chance I had. The story is loosely based on the author's family secrets. It starts around 1913. Alex McNaughton, a married white farmer, has a plot of 40 acres for tobacco farming. These 40 acres are tended by a black family that lives in the barn - the Welles family. One day, Mr. Welles up and leaves without telling his family why. His wife, Annalaura and th...
    Good book about life, post civil war.I was looking for a book in the civil war period. This was not what I expected. I thought the book was very well done, maybe a bit to sexual but I still enjoyed the book.
  • Katy
    Being black in America after the Civil War, even into the 1900s, did not mean you were free. We see the lives of landowner Alex and his relationship with a black sharecropper's wife, Annalaura, whose husband left for about a year. While Alex forced the affair, Annalaura realized this way she and her husband would survive, until her wandering and philandering husband returns home. Unfortunately, Annalaura now has the true love of two men, Alex and...
  • Judy King
    Interesting view of slavery-style issues past the turn of the 20th Century. Without a few pertinent references to modern events and inventions, the bulk of this book could have been set in the 1850s cotton-growning Mississippi instead of WWI era Tennessee... Good grief, the mind boggles at how long it took to get over the attitudes, actions, behaviors, beliefs,'s no wonder it took folks like the the Freedom Riders, federal integration of...
  • Darla
    I liked this historical book even though both men in it, John and Alex, came off at certain periods as the most naïve, foolish men ever! So much so I found myself shaking my head at their thoughts and actions. I felt sorry for our main character AnnaLaura, who found herself in a predicament she really had no control over; all because her husband ran off. Granted he had a decent reason, but to just disappear was horrible, even if only trying to a...
  • Ann
    Compelling story of a Tennessee black sharecropper woman in 1913-1914 struggling to raise her family while raising tobacco for a white farmer after her husband disappears. The story intertwines the story of the woman and her four children, her absentee husband, the white farmer, the farmer's wife, and various other characters. Race relations, gender relations, and adultery are exposed for all their ugliness during this time period. The story has ...
  • Kathy Barton
    This story was unusual for me - about a black family in the early 1900's that farm 40 acre's of land for a white family on his plantation. You think that things would be better for them, but they are basically not much better off then before slavery. It was very eye opening how they were treated. The husband goes off to Chicago to make some money for the family so they can buy their own land and leaves his wife and 4 kids with nothing. They are e...
  • Sherry Bledsoe
    The way it wasIt tells the story of how it was back before civil rights movement became a living breathing thing. Yes, black and white woman had no rights and sometimes white men also had no rights when it came to loving a black woman. Its a sad story that unfortunately happened many many times. It is a time we are not proud of but it was not something I was alive for, nor my father, nor my grandfather. So, the ones we can hold accountable are lo...
  • Brenda
    This is a very interesting book from a black woman's view. It takes place in 1914 in Tennessee and you see how different things were then for a black woman who was single or whose husband was not around. AnnaLaura's husband left her just after the tobacco crop they sharecrop for a landowner is in. She has 4 children with the oldest just 12. The owner of the land takes a liking to her and although he treats her well and thinks he is in love with h...
  • Nancy
    I have mixed feelings about this book. "Pages" is a story of racial and gender issues in 1913 Tennessee. There were parts I really liked, and others I thought unnecessary. I'm no prude, but some steamy parts felt too close to one of those bodice rippers with a tawdry cover. On the other hand, that might have been when kept me turning pages after alot of heavy somber reading lately! The author tried to break some stereotypes by reversing what coul...