Winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction If you liked The Help, you'll love this one! --EW.com In a vel 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 vel 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 thing 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
Deborah Johnson is the author of The Secret of Magic and The Air Between Us, which received the Mississippi Library Association Award for Fiction.