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Mary Coin
by Marisa Silver

Published: 2013-03-07
Hardcover : 336 pages
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*An NPR 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 rema...
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*An NPR 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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We served potatoes in the form of baked with various toppings.
by mamafishbobs (see profile) 01/16/14
And Brown Betty for dessert. And 10 bean soup from a Women\\\'s bean project
Skip the Walker chapters
by betsyt (see profile) 08/19/13

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  "Mary Coin"by mamafishbobs (see profile) 01/16/14

Enjoyable easy to read. Portrayals of time and events good and learned much about the people and their existence. Sparked an interest in Dorothea Lange and her in redouble body of work.

 
  "Mary Coin"by lvplum (see profile) 10/16/13

 
  "Just Ok"by betsyt (see profile) 08/19/13

I enjoyed the stories of Mary Coin and Vera, but the section on Walker could have been left out, it really didn't add anything to the novel.

 
  "mary coin"by bhale (see profile) 08/12/13

 
  "Achingly beautiful"by drjac (see profile) 05/10/13

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