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Mary Coin

Marisa Silver

In her first novel since The God of War, 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 singular 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 has any way of knowing that their chance encounter has produced 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 observed prose, Silver creates an extraordinary tale from a brief moment in history, and reminds us that though a great photograph can capture the essence of a moment, it only scratches the surface of a life.

In her first novel since The God of War, 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 singular 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 has any way of knowing that their chance encounter has produced 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 observed prose, Silver creates an extraordinary tale from a brief moment in history, and reminds us that though a great photograph can capture the essence of a moment, it only scratches the surface of a life.
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In her first novel since The God of War, 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 singular 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 has any way of knowing that their chance encounter has produced 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 observed prose, Silver creates an extraordinary tale from a brief moment in history, and reminds us that though a great photograph can capture the essence of a moment, it only scratches the surface of a life.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Eva Kaminsky, Alison Fraser, Mark Zeisler

Length:

8h 50m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:04


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

15:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

13:09


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

25:31


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

12:34


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

10:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

23:09


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

20:34


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

11:53


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

29:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:22


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

13:22


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

15:04


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:35


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:42


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

17:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

14:26


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

15:10


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

19:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

31:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

20:46


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:09


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:07


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

26:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:02


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:32


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

11:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

16:23


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:26


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:47


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

10:08


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

27:18


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:09


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

11:07


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:43


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

10:10