Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

When a reluctant farmer’s wife moves to a tin-roof shack in postwar rural Mississippi, her passion for her husband’s war hero brother becomes part of a web of tension that engulfs the town in hatred and violence.

Mudbound took me by surprise. Told from multiple points of view, the story manages to be inevitable without being predictable, with characters who all have very distinct voices. The casual, every day racism of even the most sympathetic characters is shocking to this 21st century Yankee girl. Hillary Jordan reminds readers of our hideous past without being preachy, and has written a book that adds to the discourse on the darkest part of American history. Best part–the last sentence made me cry.

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