Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mudbound

One of the best books I've read in a long time. 
I could NOT put this down, it dominated my life until the last page!

This is an emotionally intense book about two families in small town in Mississippi after World War II


In 1946, Laura McAllan, a college-educated Memphis schoolteacher, becomes a reluctant farmer's wife when her husband, Henry, buys a farm on the Mississippi Delta, a farm she aptly nicknames Mudbound. 
Laura has difficulty adjusting to life without electricity, indoor plumbing, readily accessible medical care for her two children and, worst of all, life with her live-in misogynous, racist, father-in-law. 

Her days become easier after Florence, the wife of Hap Jackson, one of their black tenants, becomes more important to Laura as companion than as hired help. 

Catastrophe is inevitable when two young WWII veterans, Henry's brother, Jamie, and the Jacksons' son, Ronsel, arrive, both battling nightmares from horrors they've seen, and both unable to bow to Mississippi rules after eye-opening years in Europe. 

Jordan convincingly inhabits each of her narrators

1 comment:

Bella Michelle said...

Oh, this one does sound like a good one! I will be on the look out for it. Thanks for sharing. Book friends are kindred spirits!