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‘Mary Coin’ by Marisa Silver

‘Always blame conditions, not men,” writes Frank Norris in his 1901 epic, “The Octopus: A Story of California.”

It’s a sentiment that echoes throughout “Mary Coin,” Marisa Silver’s California story about history’s cruel gears. For a book about the loss, poverty, and alienation of the Great Depression, “Mary Coin” is a lovely and deeply satisfying read.

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