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Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
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Jan 26, 09

Read in January, 2009

This novel strongly reminded me of The Poisonwood Bible. The story is told through the first-person narration of the members of two families who work a farm in rural Mississippi. Two very different men come home from war as heroes, but chafe under the weight of Jim Crow segregation. The white landowners, the McAllens, and the black sharecroppers, the Jacksons, each relate their versions of events and we are drawn into their lives as they become players in a tragedy on the grandest scale.

It's hard to imagine that today we boast an African-American president, after decades of such rampant, pervasive racism. Even the most "enlightened" character in this story cannot conceive of blacks as equals. I can't imagine how long it will take this country to truly heal from these wounds. The ending is not a happy one, but it is a satisfying ending and seems true to the time and the characters.
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