Too Early to Know Who's Winning
by Karla Huebner
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Pub Date 23 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 30 Mar 2023
Jacobine Flaa and her increasingly unrealistic friend Cinda are approaching retirement in the Midwest in the age of Trump and climate crisis. Both want to move back to the western US, but can they afford the housing prices there?
Jacobine, a historian specializing in immigration, combines teaching and museum work at a university and misses her California friends; Cinda, an art historian employed less than happily at a small museum, wants a more outdoorsy life and keeps applying for jobs in places she’d rather live.
The novel opens on Election Day 2016, when the two women meet for dinner with a third friend. When Trump captures the necessary electoral votes, Jacobine attends many protests, while Cinda, though sharing her politics, is no activist.
Jacobine struggles with health worries and the loss of friends and loved ones to cancer, heart attack, and suicide. What's more, over time, Cinda’s sometimes crazy plans and peculiar expectations prompt Jacobine to rethink their friendship.
Jacobine must confront questions of aging, death, and renewal in her effort to regain a vibrant life. How will she pull herself forward as she turns sixty in the third year of the Trump presidency?
A Note From the Publisher
"With clear eyes, courage, and wit, Karla Huebner's Too Early to Know Who's Winning captures the uncertainty, fear, desperation, and grief of the early Trump era. Too Early to Know Who's Winning is also a penetrating exploration of mortality, companionship, mental health, and the search for glimmers of light in an ever-darkening world." -Fredrick Soukup, author of Bliss and Blood Up North
"Huebner's satisfying world of caring, liberal women, close to retirement and worrying about the state of the planet and what they can do to leave a small legacy, really hit close." -J. Ivanel Johnson, author of Just a Still Life