Tom's Wife

Tom's Wife

by Alana Cash


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"She'd gone home once to her mama's house trying to get out of it, but her mama told her that 'a good woman don't go off on her husband'..." [pg. 4]

Annie Huckaby is almost resigned to life on the farm with Tom, who works at a coal mine during the week, leaving Annie to take care of the house and their infant son while an ex-convict named Jim takes care of the farm. Twila visits every day and helps Annie make a little money of her own selling eggs to the café. And there's church on Sunday. Annie is not always alone, but still, she's lonely...until one afternoon, a peddler named Jake Stern wanders onto the porch wearing a clean white shirt, selling notions and tenderness.

"This novel rings true on many levels and women will especially grasp its message" - Alan Caruba, Charter Member of The National Book Critics Circle

"Tom's Wife is a compelling read" - Dr. Arthur Dechene, Austin City College

"A poignant story of a dirt poor family during the Great Depression" - Kaye Trout Books

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449996321
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/12/2011
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Alana Cash is an award-winning filmmaker and author. She taught writing classes at the University of Texas Informal Classes in Austin, Texas, and was one of 60 U.S. teachers chosen to be profiled in the PBS series "A Writer's Exchange." She currently lives in Los Angeles. (

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Tom's Wife 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SamSattler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The years of America¿s Great Depression were particularly tough ones for a young woman to find herself trapped inside an abusive marriage. The struggle for family survival often placed unbearable stress on relationships that may have thrived in better times, but most women of that period could do little but endure the hand dealt them. Nineteen-year-old Annie Huckaby, the heroine of Alana Cash¿s Tom¿s Wife, is one of those women. Barely literate, Annie cannot imagine how she might provide for herself and her young son if she were to flee her marriage. Her mother offers little comfort and has reminded Annie that ¿a good woman don¿t go off on her husband.¿ So Annie will do her best to be a good wife to Tom Huckaby.That Tom comes home only on weekends from his coalmine job is one of the things that make Annie¿s life bearable. The rest of the week, she is happy enough, though still lonely, to have only her young son to worry over as she goes about her tasks caring for the little Huckaby farm. Only as the weekend approaches, does her mood begin to darken. Annie is grateful, too, for her friend Twila, a much worldlier young neighbor woman who pays her regular visits from a nearby farm. Twila even manages to introduce Annie to the experiences of smoking and drinking moonshine, two indulgences she would probably have been too timid to try on her own.Annie¿s life, however, had been somewhat complicated by the two males who entered it almost together: her baby and the traveling salesman from New York who happened by just as Annie was about to deliver the boy on her own. Jake Stern is such a contrast to her rough-edged husband that Annie often fantasizes about a new life with Jake even though she sees him only every few months when he passes through the area selling the latest batch of gadgets he has carried down from New York. Annie considers herself a good woman ¿ and, more than anything, she wants to do the right thing by Tom ¿ but she is finding it harder and harder to ignore her feelings for Jake Stern.Alana Cash has created a cast of memorable, and believable, characters through which she vividly illustrates the Great Depression¿s impact on rural America. Annie, Tom, Jake, and Twila are complicated human beings, and that is what makes them real. Tom may be the book¿s ¿bad guy,¿ but there are moments during which his compassion is own display; Annie is the heroine of the piece, but she is sorely tempted to desert her husband; Jake is a compassionate man but he does not feel at all guilty about trying to steal another man¿s wife; and Twila, jaded and hardened as she is by life, is still a good woman.Tom¿s Wife is further strengthened by the fact that Cash used the Arkansas farm of her own grandparents as the book¿s setting. Her intimate knowledge of the farm¿s physical layout, the lifestyle associated with a farm of that period, and the people who lived around it, add another degree of authenticity to the story she tells. Rated at: 4.0
penabook More than 1 year ago
Easy to read with a storyline that women will understand, especially if they know someone or have lived this type of live themselves, of Annie Huckaby, a lonely woman who is resigned to life with her abusive husband, Tom. The story takes place during America's Great Depression. While Tom isn't poor, he provides Annie little with even the basics of food and shelter. She learns to make ends meet by selling eggs from the chickens Tom owns. Annie has only one friend, Twila ... until she meets a peddler named Jake. Simple lives. Simply told. Yet, compelling.