Thursday, April 12, 2012

Book Review: Mudbound

Book Review - Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

Mudbound is about prejudice and the many forms it takes on a Mississippi farm in 1946. Narrated by six characters, this book follows two families as each has a member return from World War II changed from what he saw in Europe. The friendship that grows between these two men is the catalyst that spurs the dramatic ending.

I knew nothing about this book before I read it. I literally picked it off a shelf of books in the store, read the back and thought it sounded interesting. I had heard no one talking about it. Which is a shame because it was amazing.  

The writing was rich with imagery. It was no stretch to picture the muddy farm, the characters and the circumstances. 

The story itself felt very true to the time. That it very well could have been a nonfiction book rather than fiction. It is not a feel good story. Where The Help was hopeful in the potential for change, Mudbound was raw, gritty and honest about how a black man who didn't behave according to the unspoken rules of Mississippi in the 1940s was treated.

Best book I've reviewed this year.

Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion for this review.

Next month - A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

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