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Morris County Book Club February Meetup

by Hillary Jordan
Fiction; 340pp.

A gripping and exquisitely rendered story of forbidden love, betrayal, and murder, set against the brutality of the Jim Crow South.

When Henry McAllan moves his city-bred wife, Laura, to a cotton farm in the Mississippi Delta in 1946, she finds herself in a place both foreign and frightening. Laura does not share Henry's love of rural life, and she struggles to raise their two young children in an isolated shotgun shack with no indoor plumbing or electricity, all the while under the eye of her hateful, racist father-in-law. When it rains, the waters rise up and swallow the bridge to town, stranding the family in a sea of mud.

As the McAllans are being tested in every way, two celebrated soldiers of World War II return home to help work the farm. Jamie McAllan is everything his older brother Henry is not: charming, handsome, and sensitive to Laura's plight, but also haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm, comes home from fighting the Nazis with the shine of a war hero, only to face far more personal—and dangerous—battles against the ingrained bigotry of his own countrymen. It is the unlikely friendship of these two brothers-in-arms, and the passions they arouse in others, that drive this powerful debut novel. Mudbound reveals how everyone becomes a player in a tragedy on the grandest scale, even as they strive for love and honor.

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  • Niki D

    Michelle, you could also call Atlanta Bread and, without giving your name or the date or name of the meeting, explain the situation and ask.

    February 16, 2014

  • Millie G.

    Hi...Michelle, I certainly think it would be fun for you to bring your dog! I won't tell.....

    February 15, 2014

  • Kathy

    I'm glad your dog is doing okay. Maybe you could attend via Apple FaceTime or something like that.

    February 15, 2014

  • Michelle Glod F.

    Hi everyone, I have a question. I think I know the answer, but thought I'd ask anyway... so my teeny tiny dog, 3.5lb. chihuahua, just recently had surgery. She has to live in her crate for 4 weeks. The only way I can attend the meeting is if I can bring her. Clearly Atlanta bread serves food, so I'm assuming the answer is no --but do you think I can bring her in with me? I wrap the crate in a blanket and as long as I'm in her line of site, she doesn't make a peep. This situation has obviously effected me being able to attend things. But it is all good... because she is ok now, and that is all that counts for me. So I'm assuming I'll have to miss this one, but will see you all in March. I hope everyone is doing well. -Michelle

    February 15, 2014

  • Millie G.

    Loved the book!...Although it was a sad commentary on human behaviors...

    February 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mudbound is amazing, completely hooked to it.
    The author's modern day mockumentry style of story telling is really interesting.
    Hope y'all are enjoying it too !

    1 · February 4, 2014

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