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Anjuelle is a wife of thirty years, mother of three, abstract painter and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in mother-daughter relations and dream work.
A graduate of Duke University, she received her MA in Counseling Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, she has attended the Dominican Institute of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley, California.
Anjuelle received a MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, Port Townsend, Washington. She has also received certificates of participation from The Hurston-Wright Writers' Week and The Voices of Our Nations Writing Workshops.
A student of Process Painting from 1998-2006, Anjuelle has participated in The Art of Living Black Exhibitions 2004--2011 held at the Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California.
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Top Customer Reviews
The only setback that I had with this novel (and previous work I've read by this author) is the redundancy of an important incident or episode of the character's inward secret kept being stated or re-said throughout the book. However Anjuelle Floyd taps into the inflection of the main character, intricately shares the psychological transitions of the character, and dysfunctional aspects of relationships when facing racism, prejudices, skin color complexities or inferior complexes, and other injustices.
Floyd also gently touched on the importance of education, its values and goals as a surgeon during the Civil Rights movement, and benefits of being the only Black surgeon in a small town of Poinsetta. Moreover, Redmond being a prominent figure in his community and well-educated didn’t have to marry someone of the same or similar status as others would expect like Agnes. Is education the ticket to a better life?Read more ›
A new marriage, a tarnished wedding, the secrets accommodated by longtime spouses lay the foundation for this ambitious story. Dealing with themes of racism, women’s rights, classism, and intraracial bigotry, Anjuelle Floyd still finds a way to tell a love story – albeit one bent by jealousy, infidelity, and lies – both personal and political.
WHEN THE DRUM MAJOR DIED is also the tale of love braced by a triangle that comes into existence when Florina marries Dr. Redmond Austin. Redmond is a man determined to be whole and he has found Florina to be the woman he would have and hold as his wife – after Agnes Elder, a woman of colorful passion and nearly colorless skin.
In the triangle of her love, Florina is left to reconcile the differences of her first husband, a man she never claimed before losing him to the war in Viet Nam and Redmond, her second husband, the man she fears losing to Agnes. With Agnes and the racial and social predilections of the sixties as galvanizing factors, Florina must learn to step and stand beyond her fears.
WHEN THE DRUM MAJOR DIED is no lazy flip-to-the-back-of-the-book tale. Though the story dances only intermittently on the world stage, the verifiable history is undeniable. The flash back to the old fashioned manners of the South in the sixties sets a tone that immediately requires the reader to respect the mores, decisions, and emotion of the story. Written with Ms. Floyd’s lyrical style, readers may not always agree with our heroine, but Florina Austin’s journey is one that readers with skin of any color will understand and walk with her.
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When the Drum Major Died is a novel of secrets and lies, prejudice and guilt, war and rebellion, color and clarity, riches and poverty, education, history, poetry and more. It covers a dangerous time in America’s recent past, and describes the turmoil of multiple characters, including Cherokee Negro, Jewish sympathizer, preacher, lovers, mourners, parents and children, and descendants of Negro slaves. Long languorous sentences evoke a slower time when life seemed unchanging and American prejudice wholly indestructible. Black America commits its youth to the betrayals of war, just as lonely women commit to the betrayals of marriage, and Martin Luther King speaks out. For herself, “Florina had read some of Dr. King’s articles expounding on white America’s love/hate relationship with him, and also of the ambivalence that middle class Negroes held towards his recent and unyielding stance against the war.” But Alice, who seems so deeply involved with Florina’s new husband, is the one planning to go on the march, while Florina plans a return to education and poetry, that which she creates from secrets “to her own fiction that fit the truthful lie of her life.”
The story reads slowly, covering its multiple issues with well-researched care.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I haven't bought the author novels as of yet! I am here to support not to judge harshly on any editing proofs etc. Congrats to you and your success... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Libby_Love100 aka Libby
When I started reading this book, the first thoughts which came into my mind were that, it’s amazing how ignorant one can be, about events which happened in your own lifetime. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Susan Keefe
When the Drum Major Died, by Anjuelle Floyd, is a story of love, lust, secrets, war, education, and Civil Rights. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Nortina
Dialogue slow and repetitive. Not very interesting characters. I would not recommend this book that tries to be historical .Published 20 months ago by pam asadi
I’m not sure what other reviewers saw in this book to give it 5 stars. I did enjoy the story line and the characters were interesting enough, but the entire book was so badly... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
“The thick jungle, and the heat. It was too much. They had to cut their way through vines and over growth. No path had been laid out like usual. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Martha A. Cheves
Anjuelle Floyd's poignant and sophisticated novel, When the Drum Major Died is set in Poinsettia, N.C. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Norm Goldman