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The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson
  

The Secret of Magic

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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.

If you like Deborah Johnson you might also like to read books by Kathryn Stockett, Ellen Feldman and Vanessa LaFaye.

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Synopsis

The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson

In 1946 Regina Robichard is a rarity. A young New York civil rights lawyer, working for Thurgood Marshall, Reggie stumbles across a letter asking her boss to investigate the case of a young black soldier whose body has been found floating in the river in Mississippi. It fires her zeal. For Reggie, justice is not the only draw to this case. The letter is signed by the reclusive M. P. Calhoun, author of one of the most banned books in the country, a book Reggie loved as a child, about the friendship between three children, black and white, a magical forest - and a murder. Reggie has just three weeks in the South to investigate. But once down in Mississippi, amid the intoxicating landscape of cotton fields and lush plantations, Reggie not only finds herself further away from New York than she had ever imagined, but walking directly into M. P. Calhoun's book, a place where more than one type of justice exists.

Reviews

'There are a million metaphors I could use to describe Deborah Johnson's writing in The Secret of Magic-but all of them are inadequate in conveying the ebb and flow of her phrasing or the care in crafting her characters... If you liked The Help, you'll love this one!'
Entertainment Weekly

[An] addictive tale of intrigue. the Independent A powerful portrait of the Deep South in the year before the civil rights movement and of a society in which black and white lead lives that are segregated yet deeply intertwined. Sunday Times [Johnson's] an astute observer of the social nuances of segregated America and Mississippi itself. Daily Mail Breakout Title: Add Deborah Johnson's addictive The Secret of Magic to your bookshelf. Stylist Written with such charm that it is a beguiling read...A wonderful and clever read. Four stars. The Lady


About the Author

Deborah Johnson

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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Publication date

12th February 2015

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Deborah Johnson

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780241968932

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