Mudbound by Hillary Jordan


By Hillary Jordan

  • Release Date: 2008-03-04
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 245 Ratings
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The International Bestseller

Now a major motion picture from Netflix, directed by Dee Rees, nominated in four categories for the Academy Awards.

In Jordan's prize-winning debut, prejudice takes many forms, both subtle and brutal. 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 everything her husband is not—charming, handsome, and haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm, has come home with the shine of a war hero. But no matter his bravery in defense of his country, he is still considered less than a man in the Jim Crow South. It is the unlikely friendship of these brothers-in-arms that drives this powerful novel to its inexorable conclusion.

The men and women of each family relate their versions of events and we are drawn into their lives as they become players in a tragedy on the grandest scale. As Barbara Kingsolver says of Hillary Jordan, "Her characters walked straight out of 1940s Mississippi and into the part of my brain where sympathy and anger and love reside, leaving my heart racing. They are with me still."


  • Mudbound

    Oh my did I hate for this book to end. Walking around in daze now. Crazy good book.
  • An amazing story....A perfect novel

    By Long legion
    Mudbound is one of the best books I've read in a long while. I can't imagine any reader not finding it worthwhile. It won literary prizes and it's no wonder! It was written with such a tautness that I could hardly put it down until I reached the end!
  • Wonderful book!

    By Curly Curlzz
    I was assigned to read this book for my Behavior class. I’m so grateful to my professor for choosing this book for our assignment! I could not put it down. But I’m dying to know how Ronsel felt about Jaime at the end… ugh WHY COULDN’T YOU GIVE US THAT! Lol… On a serious note. Amazing book. Truly opens the readers eyes to the realities of the past and present time. Racism remains to be alive and well today; its just better hidden.
  • Mudbound

    By Myread
    It made me cry. I felt so many emotions through the book. Outstanding read. Thank you Hillary Jordan.
  • Mudbound.

    By Peg1gy
    While not a work of great writing, Mudbound is a very good story that I read without stopping. It is a very real story that taught me a lot about the South in the late forties. I live in a rural county so the characters were real and I can see the truth in the story.
  • Great read!

    By Jodi Marie
    Excellent book. I couldn't put it down. I had to find out what happened to the different characters. It was interesting to see the same situations from the perspectives of the different characters. Highly recommended. Hillary Jordan's other book "When She Woke" is excellent as well.
  • Exquisite

    By Maccabee
    Hillary Jordan was a copywriter/creative director before becoming a novelist. Thank God she moved on to expository writing, because Mudbound hits you between the eyes like a Pat Conroy novel. This story is told from the points of views of the people who experience it, and Ms. Jordan dances from the dialects of early 20th century African American sharecroppers like Florence and Ronsel Jackson to privileged and educated Whites like protagonists Laura and Henry to the white hooded klansmen who cannot let go of the past; and she does this with aplomb. The story is gripping. The book flies by, an hour of reading feels like a minute. It is also fearless, using the disturbing language of an era where bigotry was the natural reaction of a whole generation of Southerners, and when superstition and religion could hardly be distinguished. Beyond that it is a sort of coming of age tale for adults, a reminder that you can be married and settled and still have huge lessons come your way. Bravo. Worth every penny and every second reading it.