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Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
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May 29, 08

bookshelves: 2008
Recommended to Sarah by: Barbara Kingsolver (who gave it an award)
Read in May, 2008

This book really didn't grab me until near the end. It's a believable enough story, tragic, and gives insight into the racist, segregationist legacy Mississippi has been stuck with that I have witnessed first hand. Of course, the racism in Mississippi seems a little more latent nowadays, but does that make it less violent/harmful? One big thing about this book...it made me very uncomfortable from the moment I saw the author photo and read her bio. The language can be very raw, and coming from a white New Yorker with an MFA it was harder to accept. It felt colonialist more than once.
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message 1: by Pat (new) - rated it 3 stars

Pat The "colonialist" point is well taken, at least to some extent. I felt better about it when I learned that Ms. Jordan was reared in Texas and Oklahoma--culturally, not all that far from Mississippi.


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