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Mudbound Paperback – March 17, 2009
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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.
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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.
The beginning and ending of the novel are the weakest parts. The beginning chapter in which we meet Jamie and Henry digging a grave should be compelling but somehow isn't and I had to force myself to continue reading and was fortunately soon rewarded as Laura begins to tell her story.Read more ›
I found myself so engrossed in this book that it was almost like I wasn't reading, more like watching a play or a movie. The language flowed so beautifully. The characters were true to what they were portrayed as. I look forward to future books from Hillary Jordan.
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I found it ironic that a veteran could come home and be so dishonored. It leads me to believe that all people should be made to leave home, earn a living elsewhere before... Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Francis P. Schaffer
Good story about such a shameful past in our history. God bless all those who stood up against injustice and bigotry.Published 4 days ago by KD Hill
As a new author, I find this book to be emotionally engaging and thought provoking. I enjoyed the book.
Anthony D. Woods
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This was a story that elicited laughter, joy, heartache, hatred and the deepest sorrow. I sit here still shaking my head at the thoughts this Author brought forth, I know by... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Kim61
This book was recommended to me and I am so glad. It presents a graphic look at discrimination in the South.Published 9 days ago by Austinsun
There are six characters and each tells their own story from their perspective. Great story, thoughtful, well written and engrossing.
I recommend it.
MGT Los Angeles
Not a fun-read. Thoughtful and provoking. If you want a sense of "race' relations in the U.S. in the somewhat south right after WWII, this is a great book to read. Read morePublished 11 days ago by PLGray
This book was very well written and it was based on historical facts. I will be recommending it to my friends who are avid readers knowing they won't be disappointed.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing. Both sad and happy. Bought it on a whim and love it. Definitely recommend. Hard to know that these things definitely happened but importantPublished 14 days ago by BB0516