A Photograph Brought to Life: A Novelist Reimagines Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother"
In conversation with poet and memoirist Meghan O'Rourke
Many generations have been moved by Dorothea Lange’s iconic image of “Migrant Mother,” photographed during the Great Depression. In her decades-spanning new novel, Mary Coin, author Marisa Silver presents a brilliant reimagining of the story behind that arresting face. But what truth can be distilled from an image? In today’s world, bombarded with visual imagery and the need for information, Silver brings into question: What’s in a picture?