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The Secret of Magic
The Secret of Magic | Deborah Johnson
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Winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction "If you liked The Help, you'll love this one!"--EW.com In a novel that “brings authentic history to light,”* a young female attorney from New York City attempts the impossible in 1946: attaining justice for a black man in the Deep South. Regina Robichard works for Thurgood Marshall, who receives an unusual letter asking the NAACP to investigate the murder of a returning black war hero. It is signed by M. P. Calhoun, the most reclusive author in the country. As a child, Regina was captivated by Calhoun’s The Secret of Magic, a novel in which white and black children played together in a magical forest. The book was a sensation, featured on the cover of Time magazine, and banned more than any other book in the South. And then M.P. Calhoun disappeared. With Thurgood’s permission, Regina heads down to Mississippi to find Calhoun and investigate the case. But as she navigates the muddy waters of racism, relationships, and her own tragic past, she finds that nothing in the South is as it seems. Named one of four titles on the shortlist for this year’s Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, awarded by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation READERS GUIDE INCLUDED *Augusta Trobaugh From the Trade Paperback edition.
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erzascarletbookgasm
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This book was a random find in a charity sale and I read it a couple of years ago. A woman's search for answers about a black soldier's death in Mississippi reveals some brutal truth and love. The writing captures the Southern feel beautifully and touches on part of America's history of racism. If you liked books like The Help, To Kill A Mockingbird and The Secret Life of Bees, you‘ll appreciate this book.
#readingresolutions #underratedbook

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kaysworld1
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Currently reading this book for my #Alphabetchallenge

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EllieDottie
Secret of Magic | Deborah Johnson
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This is all I could find for #abookaboutbasketball and I had to steal it from my bf! #marchmadness

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B.Reader
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I struggled with today's #readjanuary all day because it feels particularly powerful and timely right now. I cheated a bit and am not sure these are #inspiredbymlk; however, they are all related to social justice and speaking truth to power. Books, both fiction and nonfiction, give us a way to try to understand our lives, who we are, and who we want to be. Using books to grow through #socialjustice, though--what could be more fitting?

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beckygracelea
The Secret of Magic | Deborah Johnson
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Gorgeously written, tugs firmly on the heartstrings with an absorbing sort-of mystery at its heart. Advise possibly not reading the ending in public however, was welling up at my desk...

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Annl
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The descriptions in this book will easily pull you into the south after WW1. I was there watching this young black attorney from the office of Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP investigating a case where the lines between racism and relationships are blurred, and facts and storytelling are entwined.

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Annl
The Secret of Magic | Deborah Johnson

"Outside, it was coming on night. Twilight. "The magic time," his daddy called it, "the make-a-wish moment between the dark and the light."

Twilight has never been a favorite time of mine. Might look at it differently now? I am 60 pages in and the writing itself is magical!