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Bestselling author Marisa Silver takes Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother photograph as inspiration for a story of two women—one famous and one forgotten—and their remarkable chance encounter.
In 1936, a young mother resting by the side of the road in central California is spontaneously photographed by a woman documenting migrant laborers in search of work. Few personal details are exchanged and neither woman has any way of knowing that they have produced one of the most iconic images of the Great Depression. In present day, Walker Dodge, a professor of cultural history, stumbles upon a family secret embedded in the now-famous picture. In luminous prose, Silver creates an extraordinary tale from a brief event in history and its repercussions throughout the decades that follow—a reminder that a great photograph captures the essence of a moment yet only scratches the surface of a life.
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This is the best book I have read in a long time. From beginning to te last sentence, it is a winner!
A tale of human suffering, triumphs, relationships and discovery, this novel reaches out and grabs at your heart almost the way "Grapes of Wrath" does. even though the reader can guess early on where the lives in this story will lead and intersect, there is still quite a bit of intrigue and mystery, making the book difficult to put down. I can't wait to read other work by this writer.
I loved the story. I could not wait each day to see how it all came together! I was left feeling like...'to be continued'....so please continue