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Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
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Aug 15, 11

bookshelves: christy-pick, summer-reading-club-2011
Read in July, 2011

Set on a Mississippi Delta farm named Mudbound, just after WWII, this is a novel of family struggle. Each chapter changes the narrator until the voices together tell the story as a cohesive whole. The narrators include the Farmer, the Farmer's Wife, The Tenant Farmer, The Tenant Farmer's wife, etc. Family struggles, returning soldiers, small-town mindedness and racial tensions all filter through the narratives. The novel is rich and evocative but not overly long. This is simply the best book I've read in ages. The characters voices kept running through my head long after I had shut the book.

SUMMER READING REVIEW: "Beautiful book. Story is told in chapters with each chapter in the voice of a main character. The story is sad but not maudlin, and there are twists and turns. Recommended reading." -Alice Kintisch
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