Mary Coin

byMarisa Silver

Hardcover | July 29, 2014

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*An NPR Best Book of 2013*
*A BBC Best Book of 2013*
 

In her first novel since The God of War, the critically acclaimed author Marisa Silver takes Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” photograph as inspiration for a breathtaking reinvention—a story of two women, one famous and one forgotten, and of the remarkable legacy of their chance encounter.

In 1936, a young mother resting by the side of a road in Central California is spontaneously photographed by a woman documenting the migrant laborers who have taken to America’s farms in search of work. Little personal information is exchanged, and neither woman has any way of knowing that they have produced what will become the most iconic image of the Great Depression.

Three vibrant characters anchor the narrative of Mary Coin. Mary, the migrant mother herself, who emerges as a woman with deep reserves of courage and nerve, with private passions and carefully-guarded secrets. Vera Dare, the photographer wrestling with creative ambition who makes the choice to leave her children in order to pursue her work. And Walker Dodge, a present-day professor of cultural history, who discovers a family mystery embedded in the picture. In luminous, exquisitely rendered prose, Silver creates an extraordinary tale from a brief moment in history, and reminds us that although a great photograph can capture the essence of a moment, it only scratches the surface of a life.

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“In the eyes of the world, the woman in the iconic photo called Migrant Mother has become a symbol of the devastation of the Great Depression. But outside of the instant of the picture, what was her life? Who was the baby in her arms? What was behind her eyes? In Mary Coin, Marisa Silver imagines a life for that mother, for the photo...

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Title:Mary CoinFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:336 pages, 9.27 X 6.33 X 1.16 inShipping dimensions:336 pages, 9.27 X 6.33 X 1.16 inPublished:July 29, 2014Publisher:Blue Rider PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0399160701

ISBN - 13:9780399160707

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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