Often a book creates a lot of "buzz" but I do not get a chance to read it right away. Mudbound
by Hillary Jordan was one such title. In this case there is just cause for all the attention: it offers a heroine who we root for in spite of her imperfections, a villian who gets what he deserves in the end, and a whole host of characters who take turns narrating, driving forward the plot even as they are stuck in the red clay mud. Anyone who loved The Help
will want to pick up this darker and more psychological look at race-relations in the deep south in the mid-1940s.