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Hillary Jordan is the author of Mudbound and When She Woke.
0:30 Hillary explains the premise of When She Woke
2:15 The genesis of When She Woke aka, why it is important to pay attention to your family
3:50 Hillary’s ode to The Scarlet Letter
5:10 Dear schools, please stop making 15 year olds read The Scarlet Letter!
6:20 We get the cliff notes version of The Scarlet Letter references in When She Woke
8:10 Hillary Jordan has read all the classics (okay, not ALL of them, but you know what she means)
9:50 The definition of a classic, a la Hillary Jordan
11:40 The writing process for two very different books
16:15 How post-9/11 America changed When She Woke and the conflicting American attitudes towards freedom
20:10 Jen’s rambling wrap-up