Vagabondage is a novel about grief and identity. The novel opens with its protagonist, Jilly, learning about her brother Paris’s death via a phone call with her grandma. Throughout her time of grief, she must contend with her husband, James, taking advantage of her grieving state and using her as a model for his photography career—a career in which he amasses quite a reputable amount of fame. As James’ career grows, Jilly is introduced to his best friend, Michael, a musician in a rock band. He and Jilly begin a love affair, and it is through this relationship that Jilly begins to put the pieces of her grief together through poignant flashbacks of moments with her brother in her hometown of El Paso, Texas. Through allowing her grief to manifest and take shape, Jilly can come to terms with her identity as a whole and complete woman.
Castillo, Andrea Lora, "Vagabondage" (2022). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI29170336.