Sunday, January 22, 2017

Mudbound starring Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Mary J. Blige: Author Hillary Jordan reads from her novel

A few days back I shared three bookish adaptations screening at Sundance this week. Mudbound has had its day in the sun—or should I say, snow— and it looks like the reviews are going to be mostly positive. I wish there was a trailer to share but there doesn’t seem to be one yet. 

Instead, I’ve found a clip of author Hillary Jordan reading from the first chapter of the book, her debut novel from 2011. She’s telling the story in the voice of Laura, a share cropper's wife, played by Carey Mulligan in the film. The tone sounds absolutely beautiful, one to add to the TBR pile for sure. 

Speaking of TBR piles, I just cleared mine of The Handmaid’s Tale, coming away thinking about how much she said, and how much impact she created, with such a tight little book. More on that another time.

Following Jordan’s reading, I’ve got a brief video chat with the cast and director, Dee Rees, posted on THR’s site. But first enjoy Jordan’s reading from her own novel. 

It’s strange. Even though I have a podcast where I read my own work, I find I hear better when I can see the narrator! And that ain’t happening with me.

Anyway, I enjoyed watching and listening to Jordan read from the opening chapter of Mudbound and I hope you do as well. Let me know!

The THR chat

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