Marisa Silver Presents a New Novel Mary Coin
Colfax Avenue: Critically acclaimed author Marisa Silver, winner of the O. Henry Prize, made her fiction debut in The New Yorker when she was featured in that magazine's first “Debut Fiction” issue. Babe in Paradise, her first collection of short stories, was published in 2001, and named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, as well as LA Times Best Book of the Year. She has since published two novels No Direction Home and The God of War, which was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize for Fiction. Her second collection of stories, Alone With You, was published in 2010. Marisa Silver will join us to discuss her newest novel Mary Coin (Blue Rider Press), inspired by the famous Dorothea Lange photograph taken 1936, in the midst of the Great Depression, for the Federal Resettlement Program. That picture would become the most iconic image of thd times. The subject was Florence Owens Thompson, a thirty-two-year-old Native American mother of seven, whose arresting face became the defining symbol of American poverty. Mary Coin, the novel, begins there.
“Gorgeous… This narrative of mid-century hope, loss, and disenchantment is both universal and deeply personal. With writing that is sensual and rich, [Silver] shines a light on the parts of personal history not shared and stops time without destroying the moment.” ~ Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
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