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Hillary Jordan

Author of Mudbound

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Mudbound [2017 film] (2022) — Original book — 6 copies


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Legal name
Jordan, Hillary
Dallas, Texas, USA
Places of residence
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Dallas, Texas, USA
Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA
Wellesley College (BA ∙ English and Political Science)
Columbia University (MFA ∙ Creative Writing)
advertising copywriter
Awards and honors
One of twelve New Voices of 2008 chosen by Waterstone's UK
Chris Parris-Lamb (The Gernert Co.)
Short biography
Hillary Jordan grew up in Texas and Oklahoma. She received her BA in English and Political Science from Wellesley College and spent fifteen years as an advertising copywriter before starting to write fiction. She got her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She is the author of two novels, both from Algonquin Books: MUDBOUND, published in 2008, and WHEN SHE WOKE, forthcoming October 4, 2011.



I was expecting a dark YA classic lit adaptation as a bit of a brain break after a heavy read, but this was not really a young adult book, and unexpectedly shared some themes around religion and morality with my previous book. Hillary Jordan riffs on The Scarlet Letter, bringing it forward in time and evoking Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale for good measure. Hannah Payne lives in a near-future United States, in a world that has been changed profoundly by a mutated STD that caused a fertility crisis, a nuclear attack on Los Angeles, and a new way to deal with crime: an injection that literally changes a person’s skin color for the duration of their sentence, with different shades correlating to different crimes. Hannah, born and raised in a conservative evangelical household in Texas, is a Red, reserved for crimes of violence. She’s had an abortion, and refused to name both her doctor and the man who would have been the father of her child…who just so happens to be a mega-church preacher and newly appointed federal official, the pastor Aiden Dale. Once she’s released from her brief prison sentence (in which she, like her fellow prisoners, is broadcast live to reality TV), she finds herself facing choices she never could have imagined before her ill-fated love affair. I’ve always had a soft spot for The Scarlet Letter, and I enjoyed the little callbacks to it, like Hannah’s skill as a seamstress and a nod to Hester Prynne’s daughter Pearl. There’s a development near the end that felt a little forced, and an ending that lacked the satisfaction of the one that Nathaniel Hawthorne devised. There’s also a lot of Hannah reckoning with her faith particularly and belief generally, contemplating the existence of a higher power in a world of profound injustice. It was more philosophically inclined than I’d expected. It was perfectly okay and I suspect I will hardly remember it six months from now.… (more)
ghneumann | 172 other reviews | Jun 14, 2024 |
Winner of the Bellwether Prize for Fiction. Brilliant and heartbreaking.
catdorey | 206 other reviews | Jun 2, 2024 |
A couple of dozen erotic vignettes by leading contemporary authors. I think the overall quality was mediocre but there were a few really well written ones: History Lesson, En Suite, Love Doll, What The Hands Remember, maybe a couple of others. Recommend checking the first page of each to see what grabs you as reading cover to cover will leave you disappointed.
spuddybuddy | 4 other reviews | Apr 10, 2024 |
Excellent writing, excellent story, complex characters and storyline.
bookem | 206 other reviews | Mar 27, 2024 |



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