by Hillary Jordan
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Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565126770
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 03/17/2009
Pages: 340
Sales rank: 78,090
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Hillary Jordan’s first novel, Mudbound, was the winner of the 2006 Bellwether Prize for fiction and an Alex Award from the American Library Association. It was named the NAIBA Fiction Book of the Year and one of the Top Ten Debut Novels of the Decade by Paste magazine. Jordan grew up in Dallas, Texas, and Muskogee, Oklahoma. She lives in New York City. Find her online at

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Mudbound 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 287 reviews.
Fawilson611 More than 1 year ago
Mudbound is so fascinating, you will want to read the whole book in one sitting. The multiple plots within the book and the characters are very well conceived and thought provoking.
tamesthetic More than 1 year ago
Wow - you know when you're searched and read the first two chapters of every dam book for the past 2 months looking for something that will really hold you. Well, oh my goodness... if I knew about this book before, I would not have wasted so much time reading all those other fake books. This author is going to become very huge. This book is going to become a movie. I dare hollywood to leave this behind. When you start reading this book, you are going to need to go slowly because it's her first book and you wont want it to end because you dont know when the next one is coming out. yet, how can you read slowly when you have no control over the rate at which you're being sucked in. Ok. I'm not telling you anything else. Read THE BOOOKKK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To say that I enjoyed this book would be rather a strange way to put it as the subject is painfull to read about. However, I am very glad that I read this book. Mudbound is well written with interesting, fully developed characters. Written from each characters' point of view this book gives the reader a good idea of where each person is "coming from." I believe this book would make an excellent choice for book club discussions.
Beth Buckman More than 1 year ago
And engrossing It's disturbing that characters like this really DID exist. I read the whole book in 2 days-I simply couldn't put it down. If you enjoyed "The Help" and "The Secret Life of Bees" this is definitely the book for you.
pwee More than 1 year ago
This novel wasn't bad, but it wasn't very enjoyable, either. The writing wasn't very advanced, and the characters weren't believable. The six different perspectives, too, were irritating, in that there were so few chapters in each one's viewpoint, being so spread out besides, that one couldn't really get the feel for any of the characters; if one desired to tell a story through six different perspectives, I think that the author should have greater than 324 pages in telling it. Pappy, one of the main characters (though not having an actual voice in this novel), seemed unreal in character, his actions never really being justified, the main purpose of them being, at least indicated, anyway, that he was just plain evil, no reason for it. The plot, too, was rather messy in execution; the beginning having too little, being a couple hundred pages or greater all about farm life, while the eventful portion only took little less than a hundred pages, seeming crammed and rushed, in that, when disaster struck, you didn't really feel any personal connection with the characters. A decent read, not horrible, by any means, but not a real memorable, "wow" kind of read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down. After I finished reading, I could not get the characters out of my mind. I liked the way Hilary Jordan wrote each chapter alternating characters and in doing so, she brought the character to life. She wrote about a terrible time in our nation's history and she did it in such a way that the reader could feel all the emotions of her characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow..a page turner..i love books which are narrarted by character, like Mudbound, and The Kitchen House..she did a fabulous job writing her very first novel..
mzshell More than 1 year ago
Mudbound is one of the books that I found hard to put down. It was very well written and I liked that it went back and forth between the characters in their own voices. The story drew me in at just the right pace. Nothing drawn out before you got into the story.
ReadingGalNJ More than 1 year ago
I was overwhelmed by the power this book held. Such a gripping story with characters you fall in love with & despise. Brilliant!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. I liked the fact that the chapters were different people in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was phenomenal. The development of the characters and how their live's intertwined kept me totally mesmerized. I didn't want it to end. Great new writer, great new book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was intense. For someone who grew up in the south, the attitudes of some southerners toward black people bewilder me. This novel tells the story from each characters point of view. In a less talented writer's hands, the constant switch of viewpoints could be cumbersome, but this author so thoroughly fleshed out each character and gave them their own unique voice that the character switches ended up being fascinating. The story was tragic, but the book was wonderful. Excellent first novel. I still find that hard to believe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed The Help, this isfor you.
VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
I was really looking forward to reading Mudbound, since I love novels written about the South. However, this novel was somewhat boring and very slow. I did like that each chapter was written from each characters perspective, but there just isn't much to the story, and felt it a waste of time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and want to share it with family and was very dismayed to find out I could only lend it once!! I bought this book and feel I should be able to lend it as often as I'd like. I would appreciate it BN would change this policy The star rating is for the book
DontTelltheBoss More than 1 year ago
It was quite simple to fall into the mindset of some of the characters. The language used made me easily envision who I was reading in each chapter. Jamie and Ronsel were written very well.
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Great story about lifeaftrr WWII in Mississippi between soldiers coming home from war both white and black
Menobud More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
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