I hungrily raced through Mudbound in
just two days, a whirlwind, fiction-filled 48 hours in which
I loathed to put the book down. In the non-reading hours I
worked or drifted to sleep with Hillary Jordan's six
narrating characters chattering on gently in my head.
Alternating narrators is tricky business, but Jordan pulls
it off seamlessly, immediately commanding her characters to
life. The strength of their voices erases the fingerprints
and guiding hand of the writer, making every move in the
gripping drama, every turn of phrase or detail in the prose
emerge as entirely the handiwork of each character.
At the heart of Mudbound is Laura, an educated city-spinster turned reluctant-farmer's-wife. Her husband, Henry McAllan, rescues her from one kind of loneliness only to deliver her into...
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