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Pasadena In Focus
January - February 2011

We’ll be 'Mudbound' this Spring

"Mudbound," the prize-winning debut novel by Hillary Jordan is Pasadena's 2011 One City, One Story selection.

Now in its ninth year, the popular community reading program was created in 2002 to nurture a love of books and spark vibrant discussions in the community.

Jordan’s novel is available at all Pasadena public libraries and local bookstores, so pick up your copy and get ready for a series of related events, including book discussions, film series and lectures plus a community dialog with the author Saturday, March 26, at
3 p.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Published in 2009, “Mudbound” tells of two families in 1940s Mississippi. Frightened and intimidated, city-bred Laura McAllan does her best to raise her children on her husband’s Mississippi Delta farm, frequently cut off by rivers of mud when it rains. As she struggles, two celebrated soldiers return home from war: Unlike his older brother, Jamie McAllan is charming, handsome and attentive to Laura, but haunted by memories from the battlefield; Ronsel Jackson, the oldest son of black tenant farmers who live on McAllan’s land, returns as a hero only to face the insult and danger of bigotry from his fellow countrymen. The duo’s unlikely friendship sparks passion and tragedy.

For more information visit www.cityofpasadena.net/library/ocos or call 744-7270.