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 reinventiona story of two women, one famous and one forgotten, and of the remarkable legacy of their chance encounter. ... show more
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 reinventiona 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.
Publish date: March 7th 2013
Publisher: Blue Rider Press
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
I picked this novel up on a whim at the library because I've always found the photo featured on the front cover (Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange) to be such an arresting image. The idea of telling the story behind that photo was quite interesting to me, and I'm happy to say the novel was a compelli...
Mary Coin, a novel by Marisa Silver, is one of my favorite novels. Silver takes base elements like poverty, homelessness,dust storms and love and transforms them into a valued amalgam.Mary is part Cherokee, all Okie and tough.. Her claim to fame as a child is a newspaper picture of her grandfather, ...
Are you curious about some of the true facts about Dorothy Lange's 1936 iconic photo "Migrant Mother" of Florence Thompson Owens? More photos were taken. Who were these people? Check out this link: http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2011/11/... If you are unacquainted with Lange look here: http://en.wikip...
Another exemplary book that gives me lots to think about.For instance, in the early chapters where Walker, a college professor, is teaching his students not to look, but to see; and when he attends his father's funeral and begins to realize how little children ever really know of their parents and o...
For this one, I think I'm just going to defer to the brilliant Jeanette, because her review says pretty much exactly what I'm thinking.