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Hillary Jordan

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Hillary Jordan is the author of two novels: MUDBOUND and WHEN SHE WOKE, as well as the digital short "Aftermirth," all published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

MUDBOUND won the 2006 Bellwether Prize for fiction, founded by Barbara Kingsolver to recognize debut novels of social justice, and an Alex Award from the American Library Association. PASTE Magazine named it one of the Top 10 Debut Novels of the Decade, and it was a 2013 World Book Night selection.

WHEN SHE WOKE was one of BookPage’s Best Books of 2011 and one of Publishers Weekly’s Top Ten Literary Fiction picks for the fall. It was long-listed for the 2013 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was a Lamda Award finalist.

Hillary's books have been translated into French, Italian, Spani

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Average rating: 3.89 · 58,256 ratings · 7,843 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 40,413 ratings — published 2008 — 34 editions
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 17,692 ratings — published 2011 — 28 editions
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 151 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:37PM
Description: A dark comedy that explores the absurdity of death through the eyes of a 36-y-old comedian who has lost his wife
WHEN SHE WOKE (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: A dystopian riff on THE SCARLET LETTER set in a right-wing America of the near future
MUDBOUND (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: A story of forbidden love, betrayal and murder set on a farm in the Mississippi Delta just after WWII

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“What we can't speak, we say in silence.”
Hillary Jordan, Mudbound

“This was the truth at the core of my existence: this yawning emptiness, scantily clad in rage. It had been there all along.”
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“You don't have to stop thinking and asking questions to believe in God, child. If He'd wanted a flock of eight billion sheep, He wouldn't have given us opposable thumbs, much less free will.”
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Sharon Thurner Hillary,

Would you consider calling in to a book club? We have a book club that has about 22 members. When speaking with authors, we combine our group with another book club giving us about 33 members. We would love to discuss Mudbound with you in the upcoming year if that is something that you would consider. We are located in Charlotte, NC.



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