The Secret of Magic

The Secret of Magic

Large Print - 2015
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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 had 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 Regie loved as a child, about the friendship between three children, black and white, a magical forest - and a murder. Regie 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 that she had ever imagined, but walking directly into M.P. Calhoun's book, a place where more than one type of justice exists.
Publisher: 2014. ,
Rearsby, Leicester : 2015. W. F. Howes,
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781510009752
Branch Call Number: LT JOHN


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UglyPeg Oct 28, 2015

When I first started reading this book, I realized it was grabbing me very emotionally. I nearly put it down and decided not to continue. The background being set up foreboded a very tragic happening. I then turned to the fly leaf and read enough to realize that although something bad was going to happen, that what followed would probably not entail the dread that I first encountered. So glad that I read this book (all in one sitting--all day). It was a marvelous story written by a marvelous story teller. I am anxiously awaiting her next novel and recommend this book highly.

I forgot to rate this book and give it five stars.

Oct 17, 2014

I enjoyed this book. It was an eye-opener to the life in small-town Mississippi after WW2 from both perspectives: black and white. Too bad the library chose not to purchase her previous novel The Air Between Us.

LaughingOne Apr 09, 2014

Deborah Johnson had four people in mind when she wrote this novel. Her maternal grandfather fought in World War II in a segregated army, made it home and worked hard to keep his family together; he was her hero. The second person was her grandfather’s hero – Thurgood Marshall, a lawyer and head of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York City. Isaac Woodard was the third person; he was another black soldier in World War II, who survived the war only to run into serious trouble while taking a bus to South Carolina to visit his mother. Johnson read about the fourth person in Vogue magazine: Constance Baker Motley, the first woman lawyer hired by Thurgood Marshall at the Legal Defense Fund. Johnson took facts about these four people and the history of the late 1940s and she created this novel, set primarily in Revere, a small town in Mississippi. The magic is in the forest, the plants, the animals of the land in and around Revere. Her lyrical descriptions brought the place to life for me. I lived in the US South in the early 1960s, 15 or so years after the time in which this novel is set. I never belonged there, but I did observe the people who lived there. And I saw how, like in “The Secret of Magic”, the segregated town did have interconnections between the races, some better and some worse than interconnections between those of the same race. Johnson portrayed this quite well too. World War II changed people; the changed people came home from the war and wanted change where they lived too. Early stages of these changes are in this novel. I was completely caught up in the story; it has touched me deeply. I highly recommend reading this novel.

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