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by Hillary Jordan

Set in the Deep South in 1946 this is a tale of hardship and trials for a couple trying to scrape a living on a cotton farm in the Mississippi delta.Two young men return from war in Europe to help run the farm. One of these is the son of a black sharecropper who lives on the farm. From then on we are immersed in all the bigotry and prejudice of the time .
This book captures the racial heat of the time and builds to a shocking and devastating denouement.
A page-turning read.

Suggested by Gwyneth, Hertfordshire

Tagged with: compelling moving page-turner



I found this book gripping from beginning to end. Having different characters narrate the chapters was very effective. Overall the writing is very vivid. The story is not just about racism, in fact I was particularly taken by the position the main female character was in, being (at the beginning of the story) a single 30 year old woman in the the 1940's. In that way it is probably a book that will appeal more to women. Themes of love, family ties and loyalty are very strong through out the book. The awful conclusion to the racial tensions in the area leave a sense of profund sadness that isn't easily resolved and that was probably the Authors intension. Mudbound is a book that lingers in the memory and I look forward to reading more from this author
I thought I would find this book difficult to get into because I'm not a lover of stories about racial prejudice, as I always feel their aim is to impose guilt onto the reader. However I found myself immersed into this story after the first chapter. The characters are full of depth and draw you into their life and story. The hardship of life on the farm is shown with incredible clarity, you can almost smell the mud. The prejudice shown towards the black people in the American deep south after the second World War creates tension throughout the book and brings about an horrific conclusion. This is a well written book that creates anger and frustration within the reader but saying that, it still provides a brilliant read.
Janet from Milton Keynes.
I thought it had simmilarities to "To Kill A Mocking Bird" very moving, thought provoking and well written I would read this author again!!
Holland from Hartlepool

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