Hillary Jordan: Biography

Hillary Jordan

Hillary Jordan is an American novelist who grew up in Dallas, Texas and Muskogee. She has written the outstanding novels, ‘Mudbound’ and ‘When She Woke’ and also the digital short, ‘Aftermirth’. Hillary has acquired a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wellesley College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.

The novels written by Hillary Jordan have brought her huge fame and recognition. Her debut novel, ‘Mudbound’ was inspired from the stories that she heard from her mother. It is based on the life of their family when they were living on an isolated farm even without the basic necessities like water and electricity.

It is said that, ‘Mudbound’ is a beautifully written novel that examines the roots of racism through the distinct voices of its characters. ‘Mudbound’ has also bagged many awards like the 2006 Bellwether Prize, Alex Award from the American Library Association in the year 2009. Since ‘Mudbound’ won the 2008 NAIBA Fiction Book of the Year and was also listed for the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Paste Magazine named ‘Mudbound’ as one of the Top Ten Debut Novels of the Decade.

The high popularity of ‘Mudbound’ made it got translated into French, Italian, Serbian, Swedish and Norwegian. The success of Hillary’s first novel was more than what a debutant author will ask for. In a similar way, Hillary’s second novel, ‘When She Woke’ was a Lamda Literary Award Finalist for the Year 2012 and it got translated into many languages as her first novel.

Hillary Jordan loves writing. But when not writing, she conducts workshops for writing skills and speaks at colleges, literary forums and libraries. Hillary currently lives in Brooklyn and is working on the sequel to ‘Mudbound’.