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ISBN13: 9781565126770
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In Jordan's prize-winning debut, prejudice takes many forms, both subtle and brutal. It is 1946, and city-bred Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband's Mississippi Delta farm — a place she finds foreign and frightening. In the midst of the family's struggles, two young men return from the war to work the land. Jamie McAllan, Laura's brother-in-law, is everything her husband is not — charming, handsome, and haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm, has come home with the shine of a war hero. But no matter his bravery in defense of his country, he is still considered less than a man in the Jim Crow South. It is the unlikely friendship of these brothers-in-arms that drives this powerful novel to its inexorable conclusion.

The men and women of each family relate their versions of events and we are drawn into their lives as they become players in a tragedy on the grandest scale. As Kingsolver says of Hillary Jordan, "Her characters walked straight out of 1940s Mississippi and into the part of my brain where sympathy and anger and love reside, leaving my heart racing. They are with me still."

Review:

"This is storytelling at the height of its powers: the ache of wrongs not yet made right, the fierce attendance of history made as real as rain, as true as this minute. Hillary Jordan writes with the force of a Delta storm." Barbara Kingsolver

Review:

"A compelling family tragedy, a confluence of romantic attraction and racial hatred that eventually falls like an avalanche....The last third of the book is downright breathless." Washington Post Book World

Review:

"[A] supremely readable debut novel....Fluidly narrated by engaging characters...Mudbound is packed with drama. Pick it up, then pass it on." People (starred review)

Review:

"An ambitious and affecting debut....Accessible, engaging and spiked with suspense....[A] tremendous gift." Paste (starred review)

Synopsis:

This prize-winning novel is storytelling at the height of its powers: the ache of wrongs not yet made right, the fierce attendance of history made real (Barbara Kingsolver), as men and women from two families become players in a tragedy on the grandest scale.

Synopsis:

A gripping and exquisitely rendered story of forbidden love, betrayal, and murder, set against the brutality of the Jim Crow South.

When Henry McAllan moves his city-bred wife, Laura, to a cotton farm in the Mississippi Delta in 1946, she finds herself in a place both foreign and frightening. Laura does not share Henry's love of rural life, and she struggles to raise their two young children in an isolated shotgun shack with no indoor plumbing or electricity, all the while under the eye of her hateful, racist father-in-law. When it rains, the waters rise up and swallow the bridge to town, stranding the family in a sea of mud.

As the McAllans are being tested in every way, two celebrated soldiers of World War II return home to help work the farm. Jamie McAllan is everything his older brother Henry is not: charming, handsome, and sensitive to Laura's plight, but also haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm, comes home from fighting the Nazis with the shine of a war hero, only to face far more personal—and dangerous—battles against the ingrained bigotry of his own countrymen. It is the unlikely friendship of these two brothers-in-arms, and the passions they arouse in others, that drive this powerful debut novel. Mudbound reveals how everyone becomes a player in a tragedy on the grandest scale, even as they strive for love and honor.

Jordan's indelible portrayal of two families caught up in the blind hatred of a small Southern town earned the prestigious Bellwether Prize for Fiction, awarded biennially to a first literary novel that addresses issues of social injustice.

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About the Author

Hillary Jordan received her MFA from Columbia University. She lives in Tivoli, New York.

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Rescue Mom, October 24, 2014 (view all comments by Rescue Mom)
This book was excellent!!!! It is about early racism in the Southern states. It is also about farming, ranching, and trying to survive w/out much resources. It is well written and I highly recommend it. I had two copies, gave one to a friend.
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book groupie, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by book groupie)
The voices of the different characters were flawless. Jordan made the reader feel the weight of the mud.
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diane Trafton, August 1, 2012 (view all comments by diane Trafton)
Mudbound, the first novel written by Hillary Jordan is the powerful tale of lives lived in the 1940s South, under the Jim Crow laws. This is a novel that brought silent tears to my eyes and the question "Is this a true story?" No, it is not non fiction, but the truth it holds is commanding. What a tragic but important piece of our American history to remember! This portrait of two families, one white, one black caught up in the blind hatred of prejudice is a real page turner and creates, in the reader's heart and mind, a profound experience.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781565126770
Author:
Jordan, Hillary
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
340
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 340 pages Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - English 9781565126770 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This is storytelling at the height of its powers: the ache of wrongs not yet made right, the fierce attendance of history made as real as rain, as true as this minute. Hillary Jordan writes with the force of a Delta storm."
"Review" by , "A compelling family tragedy, a confluence of romantic attraction and racial hatred that eventually falls like an avalanche....The last third of the book is downright breathless."
"Review" by , "[A] supremely readable debut novel....Fluidly narrated by engaging characters...Mudbound is packed with drama. Pick it up, then pass it on."
"Review" by , "An ambitious and affecting debut....Accessible, engaging and spiked with suspense....[A] tremendous gift."
"Synopsis" by , This prize-winning novel is storytelling at the height of its powers: the ache of wrongs not yet made right, the fierce attendance of history made real (Barbara Kingsolver), as men and women from two families become players in a tragedy on the grandest scale.
"Synopsis" by , A gripping and exquisitely rendered story of forbidden love, betrayal, and murder, set against the brutality of the Jim Crow South.

When Henry McAllan moves his city-bred wife, Laura, to a cotton farm in the Mississippi Delta in 1946, she finds herself in a place both foreign and frightening. Laura does not share Henry's love of rural life, and she struggles to raise their two young children in an isolated shotgun shack with no indoor plumbing or electricity, all the while under the eye of her hateful, racist father-in-law. When it rains, the waters rise up and swallow the bridge to town, stranding the family in a sea of mud.

As the McAllans are being tested in every way, two celebrated soldiers of World War II return home to help work the farm. Jamie McAllan is everything his older brother Henry is not: charming, handsome, and sensitive to Laura's plight, but also haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm, comes home from fighting the Nazis with the shine of a war hero, only to face far more personal—and dangerous—battles against the ingrained bigotry of his own countrymen. It is the unlikely friendship of these two brothers-in-arms, and the passions they arouse in others, that drive this powerful debut novel. Mudbound reveals how everyone becomes a player in a tragedy on the grandest scale, even as they strive for love and honor.

Jordan's indelible portrayal of two families caught up in the blind hatred of a small Southern town earned the prestigious Bellwether Prize for Fiction, awarded biennially to a first literary novel that addresses issues of social injustice.

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