Mudbound

By Hillary Jordan
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Hardcover, 9781565125698, 328pp.)

Publication Date: March 2008

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring/Summer '09 Reading Group List
“Hillary Jordan's assured first novel (recipient of the Bellwether Prize for Fiction) is set on a 1946 Mississippi farm, where Laura, a woman who once thought herself past the chance of marriage, finds herself living with her husband, two daughters, and a difficult father-in-law. The demands of the weather and the land, the life of the black sharecroppers, and the struggles of the returning soldiers, offer Jordan ample material to make her novel both complex and heartbreaking.”
-- Leslie Reiner, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '09/Winter '10 Reading Group List
“Set in 1940s Mississippi, Mudbound tells the story of how World War II becomes a catalyst for change for those living on a Delta farm. Racism weighs heavily in the story, but Jordan's respect for the complexities of the character's lives, and her pragmatic honesty, build empathy and hope in the reader. This winner of the Bellwether Prize will become a book group favorite.”
-- Dianne Patrick, Snowbound Books, Marquette, MI
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '08/Winter '09 Reading Group List
“Mudbound is not just any Southern race novel; with six first person narratives, its strength and truth is unparalleled. Jordan's expert writing is unheard of for a first novelist and you will find yourself quickly swept up by her Mississippi Delta characters. Read this brilliant novel that has everyone buzzing about Hillary Jordan as a great new literary force.”
-- Suzanna Hermans, Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck, NY
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Indie Next List Highlights 2008
“Rural Mississippi just after the Second World War is a hard and muddy place. Hillary Jordan's novel Mudbound evokes the era brilliantly -- returning soldiers trying to find their way after the brutality of the war, some facing the continuing brutality of a racist America. A very compelling story.”
-- Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO


Description
This prize-winning novel is storytelling at the height of its powers: the ache of wrongs not yet made right, the fierce attendance of history made real (Barbara Kingsolver), as men and women from two families become players in a tragedy on the grandest scale.



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1. The setting of the Mississippi Delta is intrinsic to Mudbound. Discuss the ways in which the land functions as a character in the novel and how each of the other characters relates to it.

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