In 1939, at 31 years old, spinster, Laura meets Henry McAllen. After a bit of dating, they get married and start a family. Henry works for the Army Corps of Engineers, they're in the city. This is great, because Laura is a city woman through and through.
One day Henry comes home with news, he has bought a farm in the Mississippi Delta and is quitting he job to farm. Of course this is quite a blow to Laura, Henry didn't even consult her. The farmhouse has none of the conveniences that city folk take for granted such as running water, plumbing, electricity, etc. However, Henry is her husband, so Laura goes along with it.
After WWII Henry's brother Jamie shows up at the farm. At the same time Ronsel Jackson returns home as decorated solder. He is the son of the black sharecroppers' family living on the farm.
Ronsel and Jamie become friends, which is very risky in the Jim Crow south. This unlikely friendship is what brings this powerful novel to its grim conclusion.
Mudbound is told by each of the character's own point of view. This technique works very well for this novel. Jordon was able to write each characters point of view so well, that it felt as if I was each character. She really enables the reader to get in side the heads of the characters.
Jordan's prose sings! She makes the farm a kind of character itself and captures both its beauty and muddy short falls, exquisitely!
I highly recommend this book and can hardly wait for Hillary Jordan to write another novel!
Thanks to Harper Collins for an advance copy of this wonderful book!