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A startlingly beautiful and sharp-edged debut...essential reading!,
This review is from: Mudbound (Hardcover)
Hillary Jordan's first novel is a luminous, lovely and at times achingly painful depiction of America at a time of its greatest glory and shame. Set at the end of World War II, it follows the vastly different homecomings of two returning war heroes--one black, one white--to the Jim Crow south. Jordan uses deftly lyrical writing (judiciously salted with both humor and pathos) and a breathlessly brave approach to tell her story: a diverse chorus of different characters (black and white, male and female) weave their voices together in observations of race and rural farmlife in the 40's. The result is a delicately-choreographed, operatic tragedy that unrolls with graceful inevitability, culminating in a climactic scene that will reverberate for this reader (and writer) for years to come.
Here is a true new talent; a writer with the stylistic grace and social conscience of William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor and the dramatic flair of Pat Conroy and Jodi Picoult. Mudbound will leave you stunned, impressed, painfully touched---and (like me!) eagerly anticipating its author's next book.
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Initial post: Dec 4, 2008 10:39:50 AM PST
Marilyn Raisen says:
I felt EXACTLY the same as you did after reading this absolutely glorious novel. I felt compelled to write to H. Jordan, and she answered me. This was like an opera -- I love opera. Jordan's ability to draw the reader in -- and stay with a rich narrative is quite unusual. Thanks for a much more lucid review than mine.
PS Incidentally, there were parts of this books which left me breathless. How about when Laura tells of her feelings for Jamie?! Was that incredible or what???
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