Hillary Jordan grew up in Texas and Oklahoma. She received her BA in English and Political Science from Wellesley College and spent fifteen years working as an advertising copywriter before starting to write fiction. She got her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.
Her first novel, MUDBOUND, was published by Algonquin Books in March 2008 and became an international bestseller. It won the 2006 Bellwether Prize for Fiction, founded by Barbara Kingsolver and awarded biennially to an unpublished debut novel that addresses issues of social justice, as well as a 2009 Alex Award from the American Library Association. It was the 2008 NAIBA (New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Assoc.) Fiction Book of the Year and was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize. PASTE Magazine named it one of the Top Ten Debut Novels of the Decade. MUDBOUND has been translated into French, Italian, Serbian, Swedish and Norwegian.
Hillary's second novel, WHEN SHE WOKE, was published by Algonquin Books in October 2011. It was a #1 Indie Next pick, one of BookPages Best Books of 2011 and a BookList Editor's Choice for Best Fiction of 2011. It has been translated into French, Spanish and Turkish. German, Chinese and Brazilian editions are forthcoming.
Book Description from Amazon
I had this book on my shelf for at least 1/2 of a year. Since we are reading Southern Fiction during this month, I decided to read Mudbound. I am so glad that I finally decided to read it because it is definitely a page-turner and it was difficult for me to put it down.
The story is told through the voices of six different characters. It takes place in the Mississippi Delta and involves two families and deals with the problem of racism.
The story begins with the two brothers digging a grave which they realize is actually in the spot where slaves had been buried. So, you realize from the beginning that someone in the story most likely dies and will be put in this grave.
The problem of racism is shown on both sides - black and white. It is a time of the Klu Klux Klan - which I find to be a very scary time. This story really made me think about how wrong things were not that long ago.
The story also shows how two young men who were in the war return home and how their lives are affected by it. I found it amazing how the two young men looked at the situation of black and white together in a completely different way.
I gave this story 5 stars because I think it was not only well -written but it pulled me into the story from the very beginning. I became thoroughly engrossed in each of the character's situation. If you are looking for a great read, then Mudbound is the book for you!!!