The Secret of Magic

The Secret of Magic

A Novel

Book - 2014
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Working for a prominent member of the NAACP in 1946 when a request comes from her favorite childhood author to investigate the murder of a black war hero, Regina Robichard travels to Mississippi, where she navigates the muddy waters of racism, relationships, and her own tragic past.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014
ISBN: 9780399157721
Branch Call Number: JOH
Characteristics: 402 p. ; 24 cm


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Jan 21, 2018

The author put several true stories together. There is a spunky young women for the YA readers, a farfetched story for mystery readers, some "magic" for fantasy readers, and many descriptions of race relations for the book club readers.
There are some nicely written scenes's just not a great book. Hard to follow at times, inplausiable, barrage of similes; there are better edited books out there.

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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