On Tuesday, September 3, at 6:30 p.m., the Massillon Public Library invites readers to attend the Historical Fiction Book Club to discuss "Mary Coin," by Marisa Silver.
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 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. 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.
The Massillon Public Library’s Historical Fiction Book Club, held in the library’s Second Floor Meeting Room, is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Copies of this book are now available at the Reference desk.
For more information contact the Reference desk at 330.832.9831, ext. 312.