In January of 2014, Joshua Tree's beloved herbalist fell dramatically ill. The shock of this event brought the community together, each member using their own form of wit, practical magic and spiritual wisdom, in a desperate effort and race against time to save the life of their Jenny Q.  

While Jenny was recovering, she began to write, and reached out to her friends and family for their stories of how this event touched them. The words of her community tell the tale from an outside perspective, Jenny Q’s own insightful writings provide a fascinating window into a range of rare experiences - from the worlds encountered inside a coma, to being ravaged by sepsis, the absolute alteration of losing one’s legs, the subtle venom of PTSD, and the nightmare of opiate withdrawal.

It is a love story revealed between a child and two women, who as a family held onto each other for dear life. It is a powerful story of a mother’s love for her daughter. It is the story of the fierce determination and dedication of a lover, who in the midst of hell found a quiet moment to propose to her friend.

Though Held Together ruthlessly explores dark and fearful places, it is also a celebration of the human will and the power of love. This book will inspire and light a path for those in struggle or in pain.


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Jenny Q was born in Southern California to Palestinian immigrants. Her love of herbs began in her teens while on the road following the Grateful Dead. After exploring many heart homes, she set her roots in Joshua Tree, California, where she opened Grateful Desert, the local apothecary.  

Joyously sharing her life with her tight-knit desert community, Jenny lives with her beloveds: Yazzy, her daughter and Myshkin, her wife.