We are excited to announce that the 2019 NCC Reads title is Mudbound, by Hillary Jordan. Mark your calendars now for an evening with the author on Wednesday, April 10, at 7:00 pm at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.
The 2008 novel was the winner of the Bellwether Prize for fiction and the American Library Association’s Alex Award. With its exceptional writing, this compelling read focuses on two Mississippi Delta families, one black and one white, whose lives intersect in the post-World War II Jim Crow era.
Author Barbara Kingsolver said about Mudbound, “This is storytelling at the height of its powers… Hillary Jordan writes with the force of a Delta storm.” And Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage, said Mudbound is a “…tremendous gift, a story that challenges the 1950s textbook version of our history and leaves its readers completely in the thrall of her characters”.
A film version of Mudbound was released on Netflix in 2017, with a simultaneous limited release in theaters; the film, starring Carey Mulligan and Mary J. Blige, received 4 Academy Award nominations.
Hillary Jordan graduated from Wellesley College and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She is the author of another novel, When She Woke, and is currently working on a sequel to Mudbound.
For a summary and additional information about Mudbound, please visit www.hillaryjordan.com. For those of you who use Goodreads, you can also visit her page at https://goodreads.com/scribblegirl.