Deborah Johnson is the author of The Air Between Us, which received the Mississippi Library Association Award for Fiction. She lives in Columbus, Mississippi, and is working on her next novel.
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This story is amazing as indeed is its lyrical writing. From the Southern American dialect to Mr Willie Willie’s made up words to wonderful descriptions of the country, forest and close-knit community full of secrets, this terrific tale is based on terrible facts. Just post-World War II the black American soldiers returned home to a land that still considered them less than human. This is the story of the ‘murder’ of one such, beaten to death. A year later a New York law firm, the first to investigate civil and human rights, gets a letter asking for help in acquiring justice and it sends a young female lawyer to Mississippi. With many layers, a story within a story, and a particularly powerful plot, this is a beautiful, thought-provoking gem with great depth. A must read.
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Winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction"e;If you liked The Help, you'll love this one!"e;--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'sThe 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 *Augusta Trobaugh