Hillary Jordan received her BA in English and political science from Wellesley College and spent fifteen years working as an advertising copywriter before starting to write fiction. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University.
Her first novel, Mudbound, was published in 2008 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, HarperCollins Canada, and Random House UK. It won the 2006 Bellwether Prize, founded by Barbara Kingsolver and awarded biennially to an unpublished debut novel that addresses issues of social justice, and a 2009 Alex Award from the American Library Association. Mudbound was also the 2008 NAIBA Fiction Book of the Year and was longlisted for the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It was one of 30 titles chosen for the 2013 World Book Night book giveaway. Paste Magazine named it one of the Top Ten Debut Novels of the Decade.
In early 2017, the film adaptation of Mudbound premiered at Sundance, earning rapturous praise for its cast and production. Directed by Dee Rees and starring Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Mary J. Blige, and Jason Clarke, it will hit theaters (and Netflix!) in fall 2017. Jordan is also working on a sequel to Mudbound to be published in 2019.
Her second novel, When She Woke, was published in 2011 by Algonquin and HarperCollins Canada and in 2012 by HarperCollins UK. It was long-listed for the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was a 2012 Lamda Literary Award finalist. Jordan’s novels have been translated into ten languages and counting, with seven new translations of Mudbound forthcoming.
When she’s not writing, Jordan gives talks at colleges, literary festivals, and community libraries, and teaches the occasional workshop. In 2010, Mudbound was the Freshman Read at Salem College as well as Appalachian State University, where she delivered the convocation address. In 2011, it was the “One City, One Story” read for Pasadena, CA and the “Tale for Three Counties” community read in Western New York.
Jordan grew up in Dallas, Texas and Muskogee, Oklahoma. She lives in Brooklyn.
For more information on Hillary Jordan, please visit www.hillaryjordan.com/.