Mudbound

Mudbound

[a Novel]

Large Print - 2008
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"It is 1946, and city-bred Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband's Mississippi Delta far when two young men return from the war to work the land. Jamie McAllan, Laura's brother-in-law, is everything her husband is not--charming, handsome, and haunted by the memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers on the farm, has come home a hero, but is still considered less than an man in the Jim Crow South."--Publisher description.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2008.
ISBN: 9781410407382
1410407381
Branch Call Number: LGPRINT FICTION Jordan Hillary
Characteristics: 423 p. (large print) ;,23 cm.

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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. Jamie McAllan, Laura's brother-in-law, is everyt... Read More »


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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

Jordan does an admirable job of creating original and culturally significant characters. Through alternating voices, each fairly unique, Jordan offers a fresh look at an old—yet never trite—subject. While the social issues largely revolve around ethnicity, Jordan also addresses sexism, class division, war and the trauma from war. Against a well-painted landscape, the story of Mudbound unravels at a wonderful pace; when the climax drops, the reader feels as though he is living through the drama in real-time.

CMLibrary_sfetzer May 17, 2016

To say that Hillary Jordan’s debut novel is impressive would certainly be an understatement. Set after World War II in rural Mississippi, this novel follows Laura and Henry McAllen as they make their first foray into farming. Told from varying points of view including Laura, Henry’s war-hero brother Jamie, and the Jackson family who sharecrop on the McAllen’s land, Jordan spins a tragic tale that is difficult to put down. She manages to follow both the McAllen and Jackson families through their series of triumphs and sorrows as they struggle to survive on a farm that is constantly flooding and threatening to envelop them in mud. Any fan of family sagas, historical fiction, or just a good read will enjoy this novel.

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rinahan
Apr 22, 2015

please email me at rinahan221@yahoo.com when the book is available in San Bruno.

multcolib_susannel Apr 19, 2015

Brutality comes in many forms:
emotionally distant husband, cruel prejudice and bullying and the impersonal ruthlessness of nature. But kindness comes in many forms too, and when Jamie comes home a hero from WWII, Laura finds out just what they are.

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nhoj
Dec 22, 2013

Set just post WW2 in the rural south USA where racism is dominant and womens emancipation far off, this story is told in the voices of each character dominating the chapter. It's well written, depicting the thoughts and attitudes of the main characters with a sure hand and an empathy you can feel. It builds to a violent climax that leaves you shaken at the injustice of it and it's inevitability.

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mrs_sweeney
Nov 08, 2013

Great story of an ugly time in a grimy setting. The backdrop is great. The author makes you feel the grime of the landscape not only how it invades the dwellings but invades the characters. This was a quick, easy read since there aren't any fillers to take up pages just a terrific moving story. I'm not a fan of the speaker per chapter style but the author does make it work. The characters were real and I feel like everyone would know people like them. Thanks to the author for such an enjoyable read.

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mrs_sweeney
Nov 08, 2013

Great story of an ugly time in a grimy setting. The backdrop is great. The author makes you feel the grime of the landscape not only how it invades the dwellings but invades the characters. This was a quick, easy read since there aren't any fillers to take up pages just a terrific moving story. I'm not a fan of the speaker per chapter style but the author does make it work. The characters were real and I feel like everyone would know people like them. Thanks to the author for such an enjoyable read.

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bloom
Aug 18, 2013

A quick read. Enjoyed the writing style and flow to each character. They are believable and each easily draws you in to their story, especially Laura. A good first novel for the author.

smc01 Jul 22, 2013

An amazing first novel - Jordan is a talented and promising writer. Her characters are compelling and real, and I cared deeply about them. She has a special way of summing things up with just the right words.

thart May 18, 2013

Read for Bookies fiction book club CLPL for May 2013. I finished the book the night before and then promptly missed going to book club because I was grading finals. This double angered me because I did not like the book at all, and since I missed book club I basically read it for no benefit whatsoever. Different characters narrate each chapter, rotating between a few of them. I do not feel like the writer captured the voices of each person very well, and much less successfully than other recent books that have done the same thing (like The Help). It was a farm, life sucked, and people were racist. Not a big shocker for 1940s Mississippi and definitely a cliche. I would not recommend wasting your time reading this one, I definitely want those hours of my life back. It was boring and not thought-provoking at all.

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Sep 12, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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