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Mary Coin

by Marisa Silver

Thorndike Press | August 28, 2013 | Hardcover

Mary Coin is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
A New York Times Bestseller In 1936, a young mother resting by the side of the road in Central California is photographed by a woman documenting the migrant laborers' search for work, producing the most iconic image of the Great Depression. In luminous, exquisitely rendered prose, Marisa Silver creates an extraordinary tale of three vibrant characters from a moment captured in history, and reminds us that it only scratched the surface of a life.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.6 × 5.7 × 1 in

Published: August 28, 2013

Publisher: Thorndike Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1410460282

ISBN - 13: 9781410460288

Found in: Fiction and Literature
“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, and for the modern historian who is drawn into their story. Mary Coin is not Florence Owens Thompson, the real migrant mother, and the fictional Vera Dare is not the photographer Dorothea Lange, but in Silver’s hands the timeless truth of their stories shines through. Mary Coin is a stunning portrait of perseverance, yearning, and bravery. In the lives of both Mary and Vera we see the persistence of a mother’s love in the face of relentless adversity, and how bravery isn’t found in one grand gesture, but in a thousand small choices made every day. Silver’s voice which truly channels Steinbeck’s is immediate, compassionate, and modern, yet timeless enough to take in the scope of the twentieth century without feeling out of place. She brilliantly captures the longing we all have to fully understand the ones we love, and the heartbreak in understanding that we never can. My favourite book this month and the perfect Mother’s Day gift.”

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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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read! “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, and for the modern historian who is drawn into their story. Mary Coin is not Florence Owens Thompson, the real migrant mother, and the fictional Vera Dare is not the photographer Dorothea Lange, but in Silver’s hands the timeless truth of their stories shines through. Mary Coin is a stunning portrait of perseverance, yearning, and bravery. In the lives of both Mary and Vera we see the persistence of a mother’s love in the face of relentless adversity, and how bravery isn’t found in one grand gesture, but in a thousand small choices made every day. Silver’s voice which truly channels Steinbeck’s is immediate, compassionate, and modern, yet timeless enough to take in the scope of the twentieth century without feeling out of place. She brilliantly captures the longing we all have to fully understand the ones we love, and the heartbreak in understanding that we never can. My favourite book this month and the perfect Mother’s Day gift.”
Date published: 2013-04-22

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Mary Coin

Mary Coin

by Marisa Silver

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.6 × 5.7 × 1 in

Published: August 28, 2013

Publisher: Thorndike Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1410460282

ISBN - 13: 9781410460288

From the Publisher

A New York Times Bestseller In 1936, a young mother resting by the side of the road in Central California is photographed by a woman documenting the migrant laborers' search for work, producing the most iconic image of the Great Depression. In luminous, exquisitely rendered prose, Marisa Silver creates an extraordinary tale of three vibrant characters from a moment captured in history, and reminds us that it only scratched the surface of a life.

About the Author

Marisa Silver made her fictional debut in "The New Yorker". She has previously worked as a feature film director & lives in Los Angeles.