In this decades-spanning book, Silver reimagines the woman in Dorothea Lange’s iconic “Migrant Mother” photograph. She deftly weaves the few known facts about the picture and its subject with a captivating plot and multi-generational narrative, and burnishes this remarkable fiction with profound explorations of memory and identity.
“Marisa Silver's phenomenal new novel…History is not a succession of icons or frozen moments but of messy lives lived, of people doing what they can with what they’ve got. Therein lies the power of this novel, and the Novel; Silver wields it here with grace and devastating effectiveness.”
- Antoine Wilson, The New York Times Book Review
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“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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