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It is 1946 in the Mississippi Delta, where Memphis-bred Laura McAllan is struggling to adjust to farm life, rear her daughters with a modicum of manners and gentility, and be the wife her land-loving husband, Henry, wants her to be. It is an uphill battle every day. Things started badly when Henry's trusting nature resulted in the family being done out of a nice house in town, thus relegating them to a shack on their property. In addition, Henry's father, Pappy, a sour, mean-spirited devil of a man, moves in with them.
The real heart of the story, however, is the friendship between Jamie, Henry's too-charming brother, and Ronsel Jackson, son of sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm. They have both returned from the war changed men: Jamie has developed a deep love for alcohol and has recurring nightmares; Ronsel, after fighting valiantly for his country and being seen as a man by the world outside the South, is now back to being just another black "boy."
Told in alternating chapters by Laura, Henry, Jamie, Ronsel, and his parents, Florence and Hap, the story unfolds with a chilling inevitability. Jordan's writing and perfect control of the material lift it from being another "ain't-it-awful" tale to a heart-rending story of deep, mindless prejudice and cruelty. This eminently readable and enjoyable story is a worthy recipient of Kingsolver's prize and others as well. --Valerie Ryan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Mudbound is an excellent reminder of how ugly racism is, but the "message" is skillfully woven into a compelling story. Wonderful writing. Read morePublished 7 days ago by AMB
I couldn't put this book down, loved how the chapters were narrated by different characters in the book.Published 22 days ago by Cheryl Felber
A very special Real story of our History of Racism in the U.S.!Published 23 days ago by DOROTHY C. MCMAHON
Great read. Written with a variety of perspectives. Eye opener at the end.Published 26 days ago by Deborah D. Gatti
Reading The Warmth of Other Suns first really put this story in perspective. Well constructed, with believable characters worth knowing.Published 1 month ago by Jim and Judy Leth
Brilliant. I have not been so engrossed by a novel in many years!Published 1 month ago by Louisa Higgins
Jordan has the talent crafting beautiful sentences with moving language while crafting a not so typical story of southern racism. I am a fan.Published 1 month ago by Susan Barber
I had this on my Kindle for a long time and had forgotten about it. I am so glad I found it again. I really enjoyed it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. Firestone