“If a picture is worth a thousand words, this novel, in turn, speaks volumes about the iconic photograph The Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange. Silver weaves a tale of human survival, passion, and will spanning several decades and involving Lange, a modern professor of cultural history, and the woman in the photograph she took. Evoking the desperate times of the Great Depression and the lives it affected, Silver brings to life the iconic image of the decade. Written with compassion and insight, Mary Coin deals with the will to survive at all costs.”
— Frank Pester, Weller Book Works, Salt Lake City, UT
In 1936, photographer Dorothea Lange took a portrait that would become the most iconic image of the Great Depression. Her subject was Florence Owens Thompson, a 32-year-old Native American and mother of seven. "Mary Coin" is the novel inspired by that photograph.
About the Author
Marisa Silver is the author of the novels "The God of War "(a "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize finalist) and "No Direction Home"; and two story collections, "Alone With You" and "Babe in Paradise "(a "New York Times "Notable Book and "Los Angeles Times" Best Book of the Year). She lives in Los Angeles.