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message 1: by Martha (last edited Jun 18, 2018 12:41PM) (new)

Martha Conway | 255 comments Mod
We're so excited to welcome author and teacher Deborah Johnson to the American Historical Novels group this week! Her novel THE SECRET OF MAGIC was shortlisted for shortlist for the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.

THE SECRET OF MAGIC is 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.

The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson
The Secret of Magic

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Beverly sounds very interesting. I look forward to learning more about it.

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Martha Conway | 255 comments Mod
It's a wonderful read—I think you'll really like it.

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Deborah Johnson | 13 comments Thanks so much for your comments, Martha and Beverly!

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Barbara Artson (barbara_artson) | 21 comments It is books such as THE SECRET OF MAGIC that educates, informs, and hopefully, erases the bigotry that our black American citizens have endured for way too long. It is so relevant to what is going on today in our very uncivil climate.

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Deborah Johnson | 13 comments So true! Thank you, Barbara, for these comments. One of the "jobs" of historical fiction, I believe, is to inform us about past mistakes so that they are not repeated.

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