11:19 AM EDT, April 1, 2013
Though it may be accurate to say that Marisa Silver's novel "Mary Coin" was inspired by Dorothea Lange's iconic Depression-era "Migrant Mother" photograph, it does not do justice to this extraordinary work of fiction. Silver infuses the vague outlines of the image — a 32-year-old mother supporting her six children picking peas, sitting at the roadside — with the power of her imagination.
From Dust Bowl Oklahoma to society San Francisco and the Golden State's valley, through three generations, Silver writes with compassion and wisdom about the tangled web of history. After reading "Mary Coin," it is possible not only to imagine the mother's thoughts at that moment, but also to understand how memory radiates and spirals through history, capturing us all.
An excerpt of "Mary Coin" will appear with Sunday's Printers Row Journal. Also, Marisa Silver will be one of the authors appearing at Printers Row Lit Fest on June 8-9. For more information, visit printersrowlitfest.org.
— Elizabeth Taylor, literary editor
By Marisa Silver
Blue Rider Press,
336 pages, $26.95
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