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The International Bestseller

Now a major motion picture from Netflix, directed by Dee Rees, nominated in four categories for the Academy Awards.

In Jordan's prize-winning debut, prejudice takes many forms, both subtle and brutal. It is 1946, and city-bred Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband's Mississippi Delta farm—a place she finds foreign and frightening. In the midst of the family's struggles, two young men return from the war to work the land. Jamie McAllan, Laura's brother-in-law, is everything her husband is not—charming, handsome, and haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm, has come home with the shine of a war hero. But no matter his bravery in defense of his country, he is still considered less than a man in the Jim Crow South. It is the unlikely friendship of these brothers-in-arms that drives this powerful novel to its inexorable conclusion.

The men and women of each family relate their versions of events and we are drawn into their lives as they become players in a tragedy on the grandest scale. As Barbara Kingsolver says of Hillary Jordan, "Her characters walked straight out of 1940s Mississippi and into the part of my brain where sympathy and anger and love reside, leaving my heart racing. They are with me still."

Fiction & Literature
March 4
Algonquin Books
Workman Publishing Co., Inc.

Customer Reviews

Nina@310 ,


Oh my did I hate for this book to end. Walking around in daze now. Crazy good book.

Long legion ,

An amazing story....A perfect novel

Mudbound is one of the best books I've read in a long while. I can't imagine any reader not finding it worthwhile. It won literary prizes and it's no wonder! It was written with such a tautness that I could hardly put it down until I reached the end!

Curly Curlzz ,

Wonderful book!

I was assigned to read this book for my Behavior class. I’m so grateful to my professor for choosing this book for our assignment! I could not put it down. But I’m dying to know how Ronsel felt about Jaime at the end… ugh WHY COULDN’T YOU GIVE US THAT! Lol… On a serious note. Amazing book. Truly opens the readers eyes to the realities of the past and present time. Racism remains to be alive and well today; its just better hidden.

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