A Texas Jubilee: Thirteen Stories from the Lone Star State

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Set primarily during the early 1940s, A Texas Jubilee is a collection of short stories about life in fictional Bodark Springs, Texas. Through these stories, author Jim Lee paints a humorous picture of the politics, friendships, and secrets that are part of day-to-day life in this eccentric little Texas town.
Stories like “Rock-ola” and “Pink-Petticoat” reveal secrets and raise questions about many of the town’s more colorful characters. Will Grady Dell reunite with his lost ...

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Overview

Set primarily during the early 1940s, A Texas Jubilee is a collection of short stories about life in fictional Bodark Springs, Texas. Through these stories, author Jim Lee paints a humorous picture of the politics, friendships, and secrets that are part of day-to-day life in this eccentric little Texas town.
Stories like “Rock-ola” and “Pink-Petticoat” reveal secrets and raise questions about many of the town’s more colorful characters. Will Grady Dell reunite with his lost love, Eva? Is there a connection between Edna Earle Morris’s murder and her mysterious visit from Jesus?
Other stories like “Navy, Blue, and Gold” highlight the ways that World War II is causing life to change for everyone in the town. Young Tommy Earl Dell and Fred Hallmark now spend their afternoons staring at the pictures of boys from Eastis County on the Gold Star shelf in the power company's window, dreaming of the day when they will be old enough to join the army. Townspeople now hold their breaths any time John Ed Hallmark, the town’s official messenger, drives his “Chariot of Death” up the street to deliver the news to one of his neighbors that a brother, son, or husband is not coming home from war.
Although the pace of life in this small town is slow, there is never a dull moment in A Texas Jubilee. From the first to last page, readers will be constantly entertained by the exotic and unexpected in this imaginative collection of tales. A Texas Jubilee includes a preface by Jeff Guinn.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780875655130
  • Publisher: Texas Christian University Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2013
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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JAMES WARD LEE is emeritus professor of English at the University of North Texas. He is author of many essays, reviews, and stories. He wrote Texas, My Texas, Adventures with a Texas Humanist, and Classics of Texas Fiction. Lee is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and the Texas Literary Hall of Fame.

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  • Posted June 24, 2013

    I loved these vignettes of life in East Texas in an earlier time

    I loved these vignettes of life in East Texas in an earlier time. Humorous and realistic characters and events, with bits of history subtly tucked into the stories. I'm ready to pack my bags and move to Bodark Springs!

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