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Anjuelle Floyd is a wife of thirty-two years, mother of three, abstract painter, and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in Mother-Daughter Relations and Dreams. She is the author of a collection of short stories, Keeper of Secrets … Translations of an Incident (2007,) and three novels, The House (2010,) Seasons in Purdah (2012) and When the Drum Major Died (2014.) Anjuelle’s short stories and novels turn on the dynamics of women for whom life challenges impel them to examine the flawed relationships with their mothers in an effort to improve connections and interactions with their husbands and intimates. Anjuelle’s novel, The House (October 2010) earned recognition in two genre’s of the 2011 Readers’ Favorite Awards: Honorable in Christian Fiction, and Finalist in Dramatic Fiction. http://readersfavorite.com/2011-award-contest-winners.htm 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 at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, Port Townsend, Washington. She has received certificates of participation from The Hurston-Wright Writers’ Week and The Voices of Our Nations Writing Workshops. The Spring 2006 Issue of The Pitkin Review, literary journal of Goddard College MFA Program in Writing, lists, along with other works, Anjuelle’s short story, The Kingdom of Heaven in the prose/fiction section. Anjuelle conducted the Master Fiction Class at the 2008 Winter Literary Festival hosted by The University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas. The 2008 Issue of Windhover, the literary journal of Mary Hardin-Baylor published, along with works by other writers, Anjuelle’s short story, Eucharist, that Kaleidoscope Magazine, the journal for the United Disabilities Services subsequently featured in their July 2009 Issue. A student of Process Painting for the last decade, Anjuelle has participated in The Art of Living Black Exhibitions 2004–2014 held at the Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California. On January 9th, 2013, Anjuelle received the Jan Hart-Schuyers Award for her painting, Intimacy I, exhibited during the 2013 Exhibition of the Art of Living Black. Anjuelle was one of four authors who participated in the 20th Annual Berkeley/Oakland YWCA Festival of Women Authors, February 1, 2014.

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  • File Size: 868 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1938070011
  • Publisher: NOJ Publications (January 25, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 25, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I35FT6Y
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Anjuelle Floyd is the author of "Keeper of Secrets...Translations of an Incident", June 15, 2007, a collection of interconnected short stories, and two novels, "The House", October 15, 2012, and "Seasons in Purdah," September 9, 2012.
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Ann Hixson on February 14, 2014
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Anjuelle Floyd's new novel, When the Drum Major Died, is a compelling story about the tumultuous time in the south during the 1960s. She portrays a newlywed couple and the secrets from the past that lay hidden. Florina has not told her new husband about a former husband who was killed in Vietnam and he has not told her about an affair with the woman who lives next door. With their new marriage falling apart, Florina tries to understand what is going on. She finds it hard to believe that Redmond loves her as he proclaims. Anjuelle unfolds the story in the midst of segregation and marches. The "Drum Major" of the book is Dr. Martin Luther King. All the different threads are drawn together and woven into a tapestry with snags and holes. She captures the essence of the story with a wide scope of emotions, some that threaten to destroy the characters in the turbulence that seeps into the small town where Florina's husband is a surgeon but he cannot admit patients to the local hospital because of the color of his skin. Anjuelle keeps the tension up right to the end. It is a great book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dream 4 More Book Reviews on July 31, 2014
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Florina was previously and secretly married to a Vietnam soldier who died on the battlefield in 1966. She then remarried Redmond, a black surgeon, whom her parents approved of this union. However, it greatly bothered Florina for not telling anyone except her first husband's mother Melinda and unsure to share this previous marriage with her current husband Redmond. She meets an eccentric woman named Agnes once moving to Redmond's grandparents’ home. Shortly later, as the reader, I was able to see secrets between the married couple where they both had previous engagements such as Florina married to Ennis and Redmond dated Agnes. Yet I am waiting to see how the couple will either boldly tell one another about their past or previous relationships openly or keep each other guessing.

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?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Fitwryter on February 14, 2014
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For many of us, people of color in particular, Viet Nam and the corresponding events of the American Civil Rights movement are a defining part of our personal history. For Florina Austin and the other characters of WHEN THE DRUM MAJOR DIED, these events set the tone for life in these United States.

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paula Henderson on May 25, 2014
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A new marriage, hidden secrets and unrequited love makes for a fabulous tale! I recommend this story to drama fans.
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“Everything doesn’t begin and end with the color of a person’s skin,” says Florina’s father, the Major. But his wife has seen this prejudice work both ways, and it hurts, especially when it’s family laying down law. Now Florina has moved to her new husband’s hometown of Poinsettia. It’s a place where everyone but she knows everyone’s secrets. But nobody knows Florina’s hidden secret, that she’s been married before; and even Florina doesn’t know the secrets of her heart.

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.
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