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This book and I hit it off at first. It’s a quick, easy read and I enjoyed the first 2/3 or so. But looking back, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
Mudbound is about two families living in the Mississippi Delta: one black and one white. It’s 1946 and racial tensions are high: the black GIs returning from WW2 are no longer willing to put up with being second-class citizens, but the white population is equally unwilling to allow change. The book is written in th ...more
First, the senseless intensity of the racism in the deep South of the 1940s. Second, the haunted struggles of men who came home from WWII and couldn't make a place for themselves back among their own people. Third, the frustration and loneliness of an isolated Mississippi farm wife, building into desperation and rage. The combination of these difficulties causes t ...more
Hillary Jordan, 2011
"Henry and I dug the hole seven feet deep. Any more shallower and the corpse was liable to come rising up during the next big flood. Howdy boys! Remember me? The thought of it kept us digging even after the blisters on our palms had burst, re-formed and burst again. Every shovelful was an agony--the old man getting in his last licks. Still, I was glad of the pain. It shoved away thoughts and memories."
Henry and Jamie McAllan are ...more
Hillary Jordan, in her debut novel, took on the daunting task of presenting the story through the eyes of six different narrators. That would seem to be difficult enough, but making it even more difficult is the fact that t ...more
The story line revolves around the McAllans as they try to make something of a ramshackle farm in the delta and the Jackson family, one o ...more
I liked this line, from the midwife "When I met Laura McAllan she was out of her head with mama worry. When that mama worry takes ahold of a woman you can't expect no sense from her. She'll do or say anything at all and you just better hope you ain't in her way. That's the Lord's doing right there. He made mothers to be like that on account of children need protecting and the men ain't around to do it most of the time ...more
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Great debut novel for Hillary Jordan! A real page-turner that was over too soon.(view spoiler)[Glad Pappy got his just reward, but wish the rest of the KKK would have been punished too. (hide spoiler)]
In this novel Laura, an aging single woman of the 1940s, ends up marrying Henry, a decent older man whom she likes but doesn't feel particularly passionate about. When a surprising turn of events leads Henry to buy a Mississippi farm, Laura is forced to move out there with her two small children. Adding insult to injury, she then must take in her racist, unpleasant father-in-law. ...more
I can't begin to say how much I loved this book. It's well written and fast paced, with wonderful characters that I loved, even if I didn't like them.
"When She Woke" is my next read, and I hope it's as amazing as "Mudbound".
This is a work of literary fiction that deals with what it means to live in the Jim Crow south just after World War II, when being a war hero isn’t enough to get respect if your skin is black.
The story is told in alternate voices – one character per chapter. We have Laura, a woman from an educated household, a college graduate and “spinster” when she marries Henry McAllan at age 31 in Memphis. Henry is the oldest son of “Pappy” McAllan, a mean, prejudiced cur of a man who sold his ...more
Quick recap (because you are probably recapped out by this point): 1930's in the Mississippi Delta. White family Henry and Laura McAllan leave the comforts of Memphis with their two young daughters and Ole Man McAllan to grow cotton on their own land. Black family Hap and Florence Jackson are their tenants with their twin tween boys and young daughter. Jamie McAllan and Ronsel Jackson both retur ...more
"Soft citybred woman like Laura McAllan weren't meant for living in the Delta. Delta'll take a woman like that and suck all the sap out of her till there ain't nothing left but bone and grudge, against him that brung her here and the land that holds him and her with him. Henry McAllan was as landsick as any man I ever seen and I seen plenty of em, white and colored both. It's in their eyes, the way they look at the land like a woman they's itching for."
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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 Novel ...more