Hillary Jordan

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Hillary Jordan is the author of two novels: MUDBOUND and WHEN SHE WOKE, as well as the digital short "Aftermirth," all published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

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 Novels of the Decade, and it was a 2013 World Book Night selection.

WHEN SHE WOKE was one of BookPage’s Best Books of 2011. It was long-listed for the 2013 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was a Lamda Award finalist.

Hillary's books have been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, German, Serbian, Swedish, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil), Turkish and C

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4.03 avg rating — 63,616 ratings — published 2008 — 65 editions
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When She Woke

3.67 avg rating — 26,293 ratings — published 2011 — 7 editions
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3.68 avg rating — 253 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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"Aftermirth" (Select)
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Description: A dark comedy that explores the absurdity of death through the eyes of a 36-y-old comedian who has lost his wife
WHEN SHE WOKE (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: A dystopian riff on THE SCARLET LETTER set in a right-wing America of the near future
MUDBOUND (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: A story of forbidden love, betrayal and murder set on a farm in the Mississippi Delta just after WWII
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By turns hilarious, shocking, and terrifying, this meticulously researched book by Pulitzer Prize winners Michael Rothfeld and Joe Palazzalo is a must-read for anyone who cares about the health of our democracy. Unputdownable.
More of Hillary's books…
“What we can't speak, we say in silence.”
Hillary Jordan, Mudbound

“This was the truth at the core of my existence: this yawning emptiness, scantily clad in rage. It had been there all along.”
Hillary Jordan, Mudbound

“You don't have to stop thinking and asking questions to believe in God, child. If He'd wanted a flock of eight billion sheep, He wouldn't have given us opposable thumbs, much less free will.”
Hillary Jordan, When She Woke


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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer by Mary Ann Shaffer
Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.”

January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….
  4 votes 33.3%

Lizzie's War: A Novel Lizzie's War A Novel by Tim Farrington by Tim Farrington
A family epic laced with authenticity, wit and unforgettable characters. Liz O'Reilly has a husband in Vietnam, 4 kids under the age of 12 (and one on the way), and a burgeoning crush on the family priest. An unconventional love story.
  2 votes 16.7%

A Long Long Way A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry by Sebastian Barry
In 1914, Willie Dunne, barely eighteen years old, leaves behind Dublin, his family, and the girl he plans to marry in order to enlist in the Allied forces and face the Germans on the Western Front. Once there, he encounters a horror of violence and gore he could not have imagined and sustains his spirit with only the words on the pages from home and the camaraderie of the mud-covered Irish boys who fight and die by his side. Dimly aware of the political tensions that have grown in Ireland in his absence, Willie returns on leave to find a world split and ravaged by forces closer to home. Despite the comfort he finds with his family, he knows he must rejoin his regiment and fight until the end. With grace and power, Sebastian Barry vividly renders Willie’s personal struggle as well as the overwhelming consequences of war.
  2 votes 16.7%

Sing, Unburied, Sing Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward by Jesmyn Ward
Sing, Unburied, Sing grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power, and limitations, of the bonds of family. Rich with Ward's distinctive, musical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing is a majestic new work and an essential contribution to American literature.
  1 vote 8.3%

The Excellent Lombards The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton by Jane Hamilton
Mary Frances "Frankie" Lombard is fiercely in love with her family's sprawling apple orchard and the tangled web of family members who inhabit it. Content to spend her days planning capers with her brother William, competing with her brainy cousin Amanda, and expertly tending the orchard with her father, Frankie desires nothing more than for the rhythm of life to continue undisturbed. But she cannot help being haunted by the historical fact that some family members end up staying on the farm and others must leave. Change is inevitable, and threats of urbanization, disinheritance, and college applications shake the foundation of Frankie's roots. As Frankie is forced to shed her childhood fantasies and face the possibility of losing the idyllic future she had envisioned for her family, she must decide whether loving something means clinging tightly or letting go.
  1 vote 8.3%

Mudbound Mudbound by Hillary Jordan by Hillary Jordan
It is 1946, and city-bred Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband's Mississippi Delta farm - a place she finds foreign and frightening. In the midst of the family's struggles, two young men return from the war to work the land. It is the unlikely friendship of these brothers-in-arms that drives this powerful novel to its inexorable conclusion.
  1 vote 8.3%

The Other Side of the Bridge The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson by Mary Lawson
Two brothers, Arthur and Jake Dunn, are the sons of a farmer in the mid-1930s, when life is tough and another world war is looming. Arthur is reticent, solid, dutiful and set to inherit the farm and his father’s character; Jake is younger, attractive, mercurial and dangerous to know – the family misfit. When a beautiful young woman comes into the community, the fragile balance of sibling rivalry tips over the edge.
  1 vote 8.3%

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Sharon Thurner Hillary,

Would you consider calling in to a book club? We have a book club that has about 22 members. When speaking with authors, we combine our group with another book club giving us about 33 members. We would love to discuss Mudbound with you in the upcoming year if that is something that you would consider. We are located in Charlotte, NC.



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