Mary Coin: A Novel

by Marisa Silver

Penguin Group US | March 7, 2013 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Mary Coin: A Novel is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
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.

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Published: March 7, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Group US

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 1101611073

ISBN - 13: 9781101611074

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mary Coin "What are the real lives of people surrounding the big facts of history?" —Marisa Silver In the middle of the Great Depression, photographer Dorothea Lange worked for the United States government documenting the circumstances of migrant workers. In Mary Coin, Marisa Silver tells a fictionalized story based on the real lives of people in a famous Lange photograph: Migrant Mother. Silver's version of the story spans a century and intersects the lives of three main characters: Mary Coin, a mixed-race mother who must raise her children in hard times; Vera Dare, a photographer who captures fleeting moments and turns them into history; and Walker Dodge, a professor whose passion for the minutia of the past leads to an intriguing discovery. Mary Coin's mother, Doris, is another influential character, and her actions as a mother lay the groundwork for an important decision Mary makes later in the book. Mary Coin touches on big life themes: motherhood, loss, sex, economic disparity, and the law of unintended consequences. Silver handles weighty subjects with a subtle touch, so the story doesn't feel oppressive. She handles the light moments with strong writing, so messages don't pass unnoticed. I'm a fan of historical fiction and stories that grow out of a seed of truth, so the "realness" of this fictional book appealed to me. Silver's skill as a storyteller made it compelling reading.
Date published: 2013-06-12

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Mary Coin: A Novel

by Marisa Silver

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: March 7, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Group US

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1101611073

ISBN - 13: 9781101611074

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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.