Jubilee, 50th Anniversary Edition
Margaret Walker

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Narrated By: Robin Miles

Duration: 15 hours and 44 minutes

What to expect

The fiftieth-anniversary edition of Margaret Walker’s bestselling classic with a foreword by Nikki Giovanni

Jubilee tells the true story of Vyry, the child of a white plantation owner and his black mistress. Vyry bears witness to the South’s antebellum opulence and to its brutality, its wartime ruin, and the promises of Reconstruction.

Weaving her own family’s oral history with thirty years of research, Margaret Walker’s novel brings the everyday experiences of slaves to light. Jubilee churns with the hunger, the hymns, the struggles, and the very breath of American history.

Genre

Historical fiction

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“Chronicles the triumph of a free spirit over many kinds of bondage.”

New York Times Book Review

“Do yourself a favor by picking up Jubilee.”

Chicago Tribune

“A revelation.”

Milwaukee Journal

“Robin Miles is the masterful narrator of this groundbreaking American novel. Hearing her musical voice, listeners will be inspired to root for the ‘yellow girl’ Vyry…She endows the wide cast of characters with distinctive pitches, tones, and dialects. Enslaved and free, poor and rich, old and young, black and white, these characters come to life as Miles effortlessly enacts the details of everyday life and everyday brutality. Haunting, vivid, and beautiful, this jubilant audiobook does justice to the masterwork and its exquisitely told story.”