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Jubilation, U.S.A. by G.L. Vandenburg is a captivating and heartfelt coming-of-age story set in a small town in America during the tumultuous 1960s. Spanning over a decade, the novel takes readers on a journey of self-discovery, resilience, and the pursuit of dreams in a changing society.

The story centers around the Montgomery family, particularly the youngest daughter, Lucy. As the narrative unfolds, Lucy navigates the challenges and joys of growing up, providing readers with a relatable and authentic perspective. Vandenburg skillfully captures Lucy's voice, allowing readers to witness her growth from a naïve teenager to a strong-willed young woman.

One of the novel's greatest strengths is its vivid depiction of the historical backdrop. Vandenburg seamlessly weaves together cultural and political events of the era, showcasing their impact on the characters' lives. From the civil rights movement to the Vietnam War, each event is portrayed with accuracy and sensitivity, anchoring the story in a rich and dynamic context.

Furthermore, the author masterfully portrays the relationships within the Montgomery family, exposing their flaws, complexities, and unwavering love for one another. The connection between Lucy and her siblings is particularly poignant, highlighting the bonds that survive even in the face of adversity. Through the Montgomerys, Vandenburg explores the concept of home and the power of family as a source of strength amidst societal changes.

The prose in Jubilation, U.S.A. is elegant and lyrical, immersing readers in the sights, sounds, and emotions of the story. Vandenburg's descriptive language paints a vivid picture of both the physical scenery and the characters' inner landscapes. The narrative flows seamlessly, effortlessly carrying readers through the years and capturing their hearts along the way.

Although the novel offers a satisfying and emotional journey, there are moments when the pacing feels a tad slow, leading to occasional lulls in the narrative. Additionally, some characters could have been further developed to enhance their impact on the overall story.

In conclusion, Jubilation, U.S.A. is a beautifully written and thought-provoking novel that explores themes of love, identity, and societal change. Vandenburg's storytelling prowess leaves a lasting impression, and readers will find themselves immersed in the lives of the Montgomery family. With its captivating narrative and rich historical context, this book is sure to resonate with a wide range of readers, leaving them with a sense of nostalgia, hope, and the belief that the pursuit of happiness is worth the journey.

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You've heard, I'm sure, about the two Martians who went into a bar, saw a jukebox flashing and glittering, and said to it, "What's a nice girl like you doing in a joint like this?" Well, here's one about two Capellans and a slot machine....

Toryl pointed the small crypterpreter toward the wooden, horseshoe shaped sign. The sign's legend was carved in bright yellow letters. Sartan, Toryl's companion, watched up and down the open highway for signs of life. In seconds the small cylindrical mechanism completed the translation.

The sign said:


The doggondest, cheeriest little town in America!

The two aliens smiled at each other. Unaccustomed to oral conversation, they exchanged thoughts.

" The crypterpreter worked incredibly fast. The language is quite simple. It would seem safe to proceed. The sign indicates friendliness ," thought Toryl, the older of the two Capellans.

" Very well, Brother ," replied Sartan, " though I still worry for the safety of the ship ."

" Sartan, our instruments tell us that anyone who discovers the ship ," Toryl explained, a trifle impatient, " will show a remarkable degree of curiosity before they display any hostility ... Continue reading book >>

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