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.
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.
Karla Hornbrook, January 4, 2012 (view all comments by Karla Hornbrook)
This is a riveting story of race, courage, and the struggles of life post-WWII in the South. The author pulls you in quickly and brings you to tears more than once. It is a reminder of good and bad, love and hate and how they fit together.
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by Barbara Kingsolver,
"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."
by Washington Post Book World,
"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."
by People (starred review),
"[A] supremely readable debut novel....Fluidly narrated by engaging characters...Mudbound is packed with drama. Pick it up, then pass it on."
by Paste (starred review),
"An ambitious and affecting debut....Accessible, engaging and spiked with suspense....[A] tremendous gift."
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.
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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