Mary Coin (Large Print / Hardcover)

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We are all familiar with
the photograph on the cover of this book, but what we don’t know is the story
behind its subject.  In Mary Coin Marisa Silver constructs a
realistic and wonderful backstory for the exhausted and battered woman who has
become an iconic representation of the Great Depression.

A single mother of four,
Mary Coin is forced to work as a migrant laborer to feed herself and her
children.  Silver creates a wonderful
parallel story in the life of the photographer and ties up loose ends as she
reconstructs a world and teleports you to one of America’s darkest hours.

A phenomenal page turner
that is equally appropriate for a summer beach read or a book club! I loved
every minute of it!

— Erin

March 2013 Indie Next List

“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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781410460288
ISBN-10: 1410460282
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Publication Date: August 28th, 2013
Pages: 447
Language: English
Series: Thorndike Core