Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.07 × 5.37 × 0.75 in
Published: February 25, 2014
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0142180785
ISBN - 13: 9780142180785
From the Publisher
Bestselling author Marisa Silver takes Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother photograph as inspiration for a story of two women—one famous and one forgotten—and their remarkable chance encounter.
In 1936, a young mother resting by the side of the road in central California is spontaneously photographed by a woman documenting migrant laborers in search of work. Few personal details are exchanged and neither woman has any way of knowing that they have produced one of the most iconic images of the Great Depression. In present day, Walker Dodge, a professor of cultural history, stumbles upon a family secret embedded in the now-famous picture. In luminous prose, Silver creates an extraordinary tale from a brief event in history and its repercussions throughout the decades that follow—a reminder that a great photograph captures the essence of a moment yet only scratches the surface of a life.
About the Author
Marisa Silver is the author of the novels The God of War (a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist) and No Direction Home; and two story collections, Alone With You and Babe in Paradise (a New York Times Notable Book and Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year). She lives in Los Angeles.
Praise for Mary Coin: “ Mary Coin is quite simply one of the best novels I have read in years. ''You''ll know who you are when you start losing things,'' says one character, and the story burns in this quietly emphatic way, only to erupt in moments of excruciating pain and beauty. In her portrayal of a time in American history when survival was often a day-to-day thing, Silver drills down to the absolute essentials: family, love, loss, the perpetual uncertainty of life. Again and again I found myself wondering: How does she know that? Silver''s wisdom is rare, and her novel is the work of a master." —Ben Fountain, author of the 2012 National Book Award winner Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk “Marisa Silver renders the soul of an iconic image, giving it moving life. Mary Coin is a soaring work of imagination, dedication and history.” —Mona Simpson, author of My Hollywood and Anywhere But Here “An extraordinarily compassionate and wise novel, Mary Coin imagines the life of Dorothea Lange''s iconic "Migrant Mother." What emerges, in Silver''s nuanced, resonant telling, is a poignant exploration of a single life that touches many others, and a powerful, moving portrait of America during the Great Depression. Silver is one of those preternaturally gifted writers who can with the lightest of touches make the reader enter a world that feels as fully real as the one around us.” —M