Mary Coin: A Novel

Kobo ebook | March 7, 2013

byMarisa Silver

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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.

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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 photographer...

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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...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:March 7, 2013Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1101611073

ISBN - 13:9781101611074

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it !! Wow, what a great story. Really go into the lives of all of the characters. The one complaint - if you can call it that - is that the writer left the 'return of Walker' a bit late in the story, I couldn't remember who he was. It did finally 'click' and I understand the background on everyone and why they appeared and reappeared when they did.
Date published: 2015-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read. Recommend highly.
Date published: 2014-12-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mary Coin A Novel A good story but not ond.
Date published: 2014-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book sure puts ones own lifes troubles into perspective. This was a very enjoyable read. One of those books that make you look at your own life and troubles and truly appreciate the time we live in.
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Modern Day Grapes of Wrath Based on an iconic American photo, "The Migrant Mother", this book fictionalizes the tale behind the photograph. The story is told from the perspective of the mother in the photo, the photographer, and a photography historian. They all share similar struggles in their own personal lives, and their lives are interwoven in fascinating ways which are revealed as the book unfolds. As I neared the end, I couldn't put it down. It reminded me of The Grapes of Wrath in its frankness, although not quite as raw. If you like books about human struggle and fortitude, you will enjoy Mary Coin.
Date published: 2013-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful story Thoroughly enjoyed Marisa Silver's story of looking deeper into a photo and the real story behind it. I am always drawn to early 1900s Canadian & American history and how much has changed in a short 100 yrs. This story reminded me of Half broke Horses by Jeannette Walls, one of my favourites. Mary Coin has been added to my top favourite list!
Date published: 2013-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mary Coin Great read. I liked the structure of this book- with the story told using the the three main characters. The author goes back and forth from 1920 to 2011 smoothly tying the stories of these three people together.
Date published: 2013-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mary Coin Excellent novel. Quick read.
Date published: 2013-08-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mary Coin Excellent novel. Quick read.
Date published: 2013-08-21