Hillary Jordan

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Hillary Jordan at the 2011 Texas Book Festival

Hillary Jordan is an American novelist. She grew up in Dallas and Muskogee, Oklahoma and now lives in Brooklyn. She received a BA from Wellesley College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.[1] and has written two novels: Mudbound (2008) and When She Woke (2011), and a short story called "Aftermirth". She is currently working on a sequel to Mudbound.[2]


Mudbound confronts racism on a cotton farm on the Mississippi Delta in 1946. It won the 2006 Bellwether Prize for fiction, awarded biennially to an unpublished work of fiction that addresses issues of social justice, and a 2009 Alex Award from the American Library Association.[3] It was the 2008 NAIBA (New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association) Fiction Book of the Year and was named one of the Top Ten Debut Novels of the Decade by "Paste" Magazine.[4] An award-winning film adaptation was released in 2017.

When She Woke[edit]

When She Woke is a dystopian reimagining of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, set in a future theocratic America where criminals are punished by being "chromed" – having their skin color genetically altered to fit their crime – and released into the general population to survive as best they can.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2013-09-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-31. Retrieved 2013-09-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "2009 Alex Awards". Ala.org. 16 January 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Top 10 Best Debut Novels of the Decade (2000-2009)". Pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 30 October 2016.

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