Mudbound, by Hillary Jordan

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."

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  • Jayne S.

    Had no idea that there was an issue with my email so never got the invite for this..bummer. Loved the book!

    November 15, 2013

  • Alyssa K.

    This was a great meetup! :)

    November 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ahh - I hate to take back my RSVP at the last minute. I have a huge portfolio project thats due date has just been bumped up to this week Sunday. I was looking forward to discussing this text and seeing what everyone thought about it :-/. Hope this meeting goes well.

    Seriously bummed,
    Olivia

    November 12, 2013

  • Dana S.

    Wish I could come but that's the week I leave for costa rica!

    1 · October 14, 2013

    • Julie P.

      That sounds awesome Dana!

      November 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wouldn't be able to make it until 730 because of work. I don't want to take up a space from someone who can be there on time.

    November 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to say I have to take back my rsvp for my very first meeting with the group but life sometimes holds surprises and it turns out I won't be able to attend meetings for at least awhile. Its a happy reason, though, and would still like to keep up with the read list and any online or email discussions there might be.

    November 3, 2013

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