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Preview — Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
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
It's set in the Delta (Mississippi) ...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 b ...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
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
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)]
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".
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
"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."
Mudbound tell ...more
The story opens up with 2 brothers getting ready to bury their cantankerous father, who never had a nice word or action towards anyone in his entire life. "Pappy" is so vile and repulsive that he calls his granddaughter piglet and tells her she is too fat to sit on his lap; he is a bully and a mean spirited excuse for a human being.
The reader doesn't know how the old man died b ...more
For me personally, the action was a bit rear end loaded but I enjoyed the more historical flavor to the first two/thirds of the book. The final viewpoints from each character brought this one up from a three to a ...more
The characters are fully developed and very real and I was able to visualise each and every one of them. A gripping story of race relations, families, marriage, and war, a story that I found heartbreaking and shocking.
As I always say "Its good to b ...more
"But I must start at the beginning if I can find it. Beginnings are elusive things. Just when you think you have hold of one, you look back and see another, earlier beginning, and ...more
Laura MacAllen is a city girl, struggling to adapt to farm life in the Mississippi Delta. She lives with her husband Henry, their two children and Henry’s mean and hateful Pappy in a small house without electricity or indoor plumbing. Florence and Hal Johnson are black tenant sharecroppers on the MacAllen farm and Florence also helps Laura in the house. Henry’s brother ...more
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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