Before Shelby Foote undertook his epic history of the Civil War, he wrote this fictional chronicle, "a landscape in narrative", of Jordan County, Mississippi, a place where the traumas of slavery, war, and Reconstruction are as tangible as rock formations. The seven stories in Jordan County move backward in time, from 1950 to 1797, and through the lives of characters as diverse as a black horn player doomed by tuberculosis and convulsive jealousy, a tormented and ineffectual fin-de-siecle aristocrat, and a half-wild frontiersman who builds a plantation in Choctaw territory only to watch it burn at the close of the Civil War. In prose of almost biblical gravity, and with a deep knowledge of the ways in which history shapes human lives, and sometimes warps them beyond repair, Foote gives us an ambitious, troubling work of fiction that builds on the traditions of William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor but that is resolutely unique.
May 1992 : USA Library Binding
January 1900 : USA Paperback
December 2004 : UK Audio edition
Title: Jordan County
Author(s): Shelby Foote
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK
September 2002 : USA Audio CD
August 2002 : USA Audio Cassette
February 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition