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Hillary Jordan has won wide-spread acclaim with her first novel, Mudbound. It was awarded the Bellwether Prize for Fiction (2006), which goes to an as-yet unpublished literary novel addressing issues of social justice. Published in 2008, the book went on to win a 2009 Alex Award from the American Library Association and was named one of the Ten Best Debut Novels of the Decade by Paste magazine. Mudbound is set in the Mississippi Delta of 1946 and centers on two families, the McAllans and the Jacksons. The family members' struggles with love and hate, past and present, and honor and betrayal drive the story to a point of tragedy then unexpected redemption.
Jordan grew up in Texas and Oklahoma. She received her BA from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and her MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. She lives in New York and is working on her next novel.
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