Mudbound is set in the deep South after World War II. It is the gripping and heartbreaking story of what happens to Harry McAllen, a Mississippi cotton farmer, and his city-bred wife, Laura, as they settle on a farm with their children and Harry’s father, Pappy.
After the war, Harry’s brother, Jamie, comes to stay with them as he tries to deal with post-traumatic stress from his years as a bomber pilot.
Also returning home from serving as a Sergeant in the Black Panther Division is Ronsel, eldest son of the McAllen’s neighbors and tenant farmers, Hap and Florence Jackson. What happens as Ronsel tries to reenter a bigoted society after fighting patriotically for his country is the heart of the story.
The story unfolds from the point of view of several characters, each telling his or her version of events in alternating chapters.
Despite how descriptive the novel is of rural life in the post-War South, I imagine that it only begins to touch the horrors suffered by many inhabitants. This story will stay with me a long time, and is one that I highly recommend.
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