Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan (2008)    
The story takes place during the 1940s on a farm in the Mississippi Delta. Laura, the wife, was city raised and moved to a farm by her husband Henry. She names it Mudbound. Laura finds life hard to adjust to with no electricity, indoor plumbing, medical care for her girls and living with a mean spirited, racist father-in-law.

Two young WWII veterans arrive back home. One is white, Henry’s brother Jamie, the other black, the tenant farmer’s son Ronsel. Both men are plagued with nightmares from the war. Both men find it hard to bow to Mississippi rules and the rampant racism that abounds. Both men meet tragedy.

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