Bestselling author Marisa Silver takes Dorothea Lange's
Migrant Mother photograph as inspiration for a story of
two womenone famous and one forgottenand their remarkable chance
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 followa reminder that a great photograph captures the essence
of a moment yet only scratches the surface of a life.