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Publisher's Summary

When Bianca appears late one night at her brother’s house in Santa Ana, she is barely conscious, though not alone. Jubilee, wrapped in a fuzzy pink romper, is buckled into a car seat. Jubilee, who Bianca feeds and clothes and bathes and loves. Jubilee, who Bianca could not leave behind. Jubilee, a doll in her arms.

Told in alternating points of view, Jubilee reveals both the haunting power of our lived experiences and the surreal possibility of the present to heal the past.

The first thread, “Before Jubilee”, follows Bianca in her girlhood home on the Mexicali border as she struggles with her high school sweetheart, Gabe, and a secret they’ve shared since she was 15.

The second thread, “With Jubilee”, is told from the point of view of her new love, Joshua, who, along with Bianca’s family, helps her cope with a mysterious trauma by accepting Jubilee as part of the family. As Joshua’s love for Bianca grows, he fears that Jubilee has the power to tear his tiny family apart.

Alternating chapters give listeners a unique perspective on Bianca’s present and on her relationship with Jubilee as her past life with Gabe comes to a catastrophic end.

Jubilee is at once a darkly suspenseful psychological drama and a luminous reflection on how beauty emerges from even the most traumatic of experiences.

©2020 Jennifer Givhan (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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  • 06-07-22

poignantly beautiful

Somber and somewhat emotionally challenging but ultimately uplifting/empowering story. Beautiful writing and excellent performance.

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Beautiful book!

Wow! Jubilee is so poignant and surprising! This is a surreal and wonderful story! Highly recommend!

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  • 05-26-22

Superb listen. Unique story with great narration !

Highly recommend this book. It’s story is like none I’ve heard. Love the narrative of the characters.
Opens your mind…