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By Thomas Fox Averill | Comments: ( 364 ) | Date: ( Sep 18, 2019 )

When Thomas Fox Averill first heard Jimmy Driftwood s ballad Tennessee Stud, he found the song hauntingly compelling As he began to imagine the story behind the lyrics, he set out to research the song s history a tale from along about eighteen and twenty five of the legendary exploits of the greatest horse that ever lived, the Tennessee Stud, and his owner.TravelinWhen Thomas Fox Averill first heard Jimmy Driftwood s ballad Tennessee Stud, he found the song hauntingly compelling As he began to imagine the story behind the lyrics, he set out to research the song s history a tale from along about eighteen and twenty five of the legendary exploits of the greatest horse that ever lived, the Tennessee Stud, and his owner.Traveling the same route the song chronicles, from Tennessee into Arkansas, through Texas and into Mexico, Averill visited racetracks, Spanish missions, historical museums, a living history farm, and national parks, inventing characters of his own along the way His novel captures the spirit of the ballad while telling the story of Robert Johnson, a man who holds love in his heart though adventure rules his time Pursued by a bounty hunter, Indians, and his conscience, Johnson and his horse are tested, strengthened, and made resolute.


  • Title: Rode
  • Author: Thomas Fox Averill
  • ISBN: 9780826350299
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Thomas Fox Averill

An O Henry Award story writer, Thomas Fox Averill is Writer in Residence at Washburn University of Topeka, KS His novel, rode, published by the University of New Mexico Press, was named Outstanding Western Novel of 2011 as part of the Western Heritage Awards His recent work, Garden Plots, consists of poems, meditations, and short short stories about gardens, gardeners, garden design, plants, and the human relationship to nature They can be found on his website His most recent novel is A Carol Dickens Christmas, published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2014.Previous novels are Secrets of the Tsil Caf , and The Slow Air of Ewan MacPherson His story collections are Ordinary Genius University of Nebraska Press and Seeing Mona Naked Watermark Books.



Comments Rode

  • Linda

    I enjoyed this book as much as anything I've read this year. What a dashing story, and a great piece of Americana. First let me just say that this is one of the most creative covers I've ever seen. The lovely horse's head is appealing enough, but I was several chapters into the story before I realized that in the middle of this horse's kind eye is a reflection. And that reflection also tells a story. I was quite intrigued by Robert Johnson's journey with the Tennessee Stud in 1825. Although this [...]


  • Tina

    The writing was faltering but somehow compelling. I am not sure that I would recommend this book, but I did finish it and had some enjoyment with the storyline. But the writing style was very off putting.


  • Deb

    Based on the ballad Tennessee Stud, in which a man is forced to abandon his home by the Pa and brother (or brothers) of his sweetheart. After a long journey to Mexico and back he returns, claims his sweetheart as his own, (after "whupping" her family) and they and the horse are able to settle down to a peaceful and fruitful life. Averill's adaptation is colorful and vivid, and it felt like a recreation of Homer's Odyssey in a western setting.


  • Lisa

    More than a half-century ago, Jimmy Driftwood wrote a song about a man and his horse, "Tennessee Stud," that told the story of a man's lost love, travels and adventures with the horse, and eventual happy ending with his sweetheart.Inspired by the song, Averill made some travels of his own, to the locations in the song: Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, Mexico. He took the song and filled in the gaps, rounded out the characters and created a thoroughly enjoyable novel, one that reflects the American sp [...]


  • Tim

    Tom Averill has added another star to his imaginative constellation with RODE, a lush extrapolation of the lyrics of the classic "Tennessee Stud." Tom's interpretation is part ODYSSEY (in which his protagonist is both Odysseus leaving and returning home AND Telemachus making peace with his father), part Orpheus and Eurydice (going through Hell to recover a woman), and part Bildungsroman (as Robert Johnson is educated by sages and sinners). Tom is a master storyteller, skillfully weaving historic [...]


  • Peggy

    I really liked th ewriting style in this book. It was fast paced and always interesting. The book was inspired by Jimmy Driftwood's song "Tennessee Stud" and the author researched the orgins of the "Stud" legend to write the book, although it is fiction.Robert Johnson, a young man in Tennessee is the owner of a special hores he calls the Stud. He owns 40 acres of disputed land and the neighbors, the Bensons, would like to take it and his horse. He is also in love with the Benson daughter, Jo. Th [...]


  • Michael

    Wonderful novel about a young man's travels set in 1825. The writing was excellent as was the story telling. I am not a big fan of fiction, but I was really drawn into this story. If you like westerns, I think you'll like this one. Averill has a way with word - very melodic. He also has knack of keeping readers on their toes! I often found myself asking how is Johnson, the main character, going to get out this predicament and what's going to happen next. It's clear Averill did his homework in re [...]


  • Tee

    "Robert Johnson" is running through the entire story as a man wrongly accused. Thieving or mooching from everyone he passes until he decides "Robert Johnson" is ready to go home and collect his woman (her character was not fleshed out so I couldn't really care about their relationship). Good story -- though the beginning just hung there while he roamed the countryside. Little loose ends, like his cabin door knob or the best place to cross the river, the boxes of food, pregnant mares , all got ti [...]


  • Claudia Mundell

    This was a great read, although not a standard western, it reminded me of old fashioned western storiesy, horse, gal, thieves, and rugged terrain. Averill took the ballad Tennessee Stud and turned it into a full length book. Robert Johnson, falsely accused of murder, runs to the Southwest and in the process finds himself. He returns to Tennessee for his woman and starts a new life in Arkansas. Story is fast-paced, the hero faces one hurdle after another, and there is a True Grit punch in all the [...]


  • Angela

    This book came about when the author starting researching the lyrics to the country song- The Tennessee Stud. As he imagined the story behind the song, he began his research, it lead him from Tennessee to Arkansas, through Texas and deep into Mexico . I loved the historical aspects of the story, the wild- yet unsettled frontier. A good horse story with love, betrayal and redemption thrown in. Enjoyed it.


  • Stacey B

    I really wanted to love this book due to its strong reviews and unique premise a story inspired by the song Tennessee Stud, sung by many including Johnny Cash. Plus, it's a horse story; how wrong could I go? But I never really got into it and returned it to the library unfinished. Might give it another try one day.


  • Melanie

    This was a good story based on the song Tennessee Stud that has been covered by many artists. I'm not big into Westerns, but found it to be enjoyable. Why I gave this a 3 star and not a 4 is because my pacing was off with this book. There were times I felt that it moved too slow then suddenly I had to re-read because it went too fast and I missed something.


  • Rach

    I tried to read this (because it has horses, and I love horses) but I quickly found that this was not the book for me.I have an issue with slower paced books, and this slid into that category with the speed of a winter molasses covered slug.Its not a horrible book, but I can't do slower paced unless the story really captures me Hint hint, it didn't.


  • Hope

    A metaphor for us all that running away from our problems does not solve them.


  • Skylar Hatfield

    This book was divine! I loved every minute of reading it. It is amazing how one little country song could inspire such a tale. If you know and love the song "Tennessee Stud", this book is a must read. Not only did I love the plot, I learned a little of the history of Tennessee and the Memphis area specifically. Very entertaining book. I would definitely give this book as a gift.


  • Denise

    I liked reading the novel. To me, the text flowed seamlessly, then abruptly stopped; leaving my imagination to piece together what happened. Overall, I thought it was good even though the chapters seemed fragmented and choppy.


  • Karen Overturf

    The introduction to this wonderful story states that a ballad caught Tom Averill's attention. As he researched the legend of the song, he built this wonderful story based in the old west. Read Tom Averill. You won't be disappointed.


  • Joy

    Something as simple as this story is refreshing. Short and sweet, a little bit bad, historically maybeif there were many stories meshed into the boy soon to be man. This would be a great story for a high school reading list.


  • Gary

    Will read again for Nov 2014 meeting @ Terry C


  • Rhonda

    Three stars, because I liked it. I just wanted to like it more than I did. To me it felt too abrupt and not fully developed.


  • Trina

    I would give it more like 3 1/2 stars. It was an enjoyable read.


  • Harla

    Good read!Loved the horse angle to the story.


  • Marci

    Simple story. Positive, good guy wins.


  • Vicki Johnson

    I loved this book. It really reminded me of the Cormac McCarthy border series. Read it for the story the first time. Will read it again for the style and language.


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